Beginning in February and continuing through April, the Troop 3 Property Crimes Unit began investigating numerous burglaries to chicken farms in the southern Kent County area. It was determined that unknown suspect(s) were gaining access to chicken farms and removing tools, hunting equipment, and firearms. Troopers identified two suspects, 33-year-old Clifton McKinney of Greenwood, DE and 37-year-old Jarel Schaefer of Denton, MD. It was discovered that the two had takennumerous stolen items at local pawn shops.
McKinney was taken into custody without incident at a residence in the 2400 block of Hickman Road and transported back to Troop 3. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and received a$19,500 unsecured bond. He was taken to the Sussex Correctional Institutionin connection with Maryland warrants.
With the assistance of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, Schaefer was taken into custody in Denton. A search warrant was executed on both his camper and his vehicle resulting in the recovery of stolen property. Additional stolen property was recovered from the local pawn shops. Schaefer is currently being held at the Caroline County Detention Center, MDawaiting extradition to Delaware.