Eight arrested after rash of vehicle thefts from Port of Wilmington shippers

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The Delaware State Police have arrested eight Philadelphia-area teens during the investigation of auto thefts at companies using the Port of Wilmington that kept keys in the vehicles.

Detectives assigned to the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Criminal Investigation Unit determined nine separate incidents occurred dating back to October 31, 2018 to as recently as January 15.

The vehicle thefts occurred at the Trans Cargo, LLC located at 170 Pigeon Point Road and AutoPort, Inc. located at 203 Pigeon Point Road, New Castle.

During each incident, the suspects stole vehicles or attempted to do so by either climbing over or under fencing. Suspects then entered parked vehicles stored on the lot with keys inside and drove the vehicles off the property.

Suspects have driven the vehicles through open gates, secured gates and through sections of fence with no gate.

In one incident, suspects stole three vehicles by ramming an occupied security truck that was blocking the gate. In most cases where a vehicle has been used to ram a secured gate, the vehicle would become disabled and end up left at the scene.

In other cases, vehicles have run out of gas while attempting to flee on northbound I-495. There was a total of 38 vehicles stolen with about half of the stolen vehicles recovered.

A break in the case came on January 19th when troopers saw a silver Toyota Corolla with five people exiting the vehicle.

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A suspect vehicle was found with a handgun was found with other evidence linking the suspects to the other vehicle thefts.

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