Bakery burglary suspect charged after bicycle chase with troopers


A Dover man was released on bond after fleeing on a bicycle from the scene of a burglary.

He was identified as Samuel L. Curtis, 56.

The incident occurred just after midnight on Friday when a trooper saw a man riding a bicycle on South DuPont Highway on the wrong side of the roadway.

The bicyclist was seen wearing all dark clothing, carrying a dark colored backpack and a large metal box.The bicycle was not equipped with any type of lighting or reflectors.

A traffic stop was attempted.However, Curtis, refused to stop and continued to flee on his bicycle. Curtis later fell off his bike on Nathaniel Mitchell Road and after a brief struggle was taken into custody.

Troopers also learned that an alarm had gone off at the Bavarian Bakery at 1819 South Dupont Highway, Dover. Upon arrival, troopers saw signs of forced entry through the front window of the business. Several cash registers were damaged.

It was determined that the metal box in his possession had been taken from the bakery. Also found in Curtis’ backpack were tools.

Curtis was arrested on numerous charges and was releasedon $15,150 unsecured bond.

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