Suspect arrested in connection with fire at Dover Target


The Dover Police Department arrested a suspect in the July 10 fire at the Target store.

The store remains closed. after the fire caused $3 million to $4 million in damage to merchandise.

Following the collection and examination of in-store surveillance footage and physical evidence, Desmond Smith, 26, was identified as the suspect in the arson.

Smith is accused of setting the fire as a diversion to steal a cart full of merchandise from the business.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Smith and executed a search warrant at his residence in the 900 Block of Whatcoat Drive, Dover, Monday.

Smith was taken into custody without incident and was later committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $137,000 cash bond after being arraigned on the following offenses:

  • -Arson 1st Degree
  • Reckless Endangering 1st Degree (19x)
  • Criminal Mischief $5,000 or Greater
  • Shoplifting Under $1,500
  • Wearing a Disguise During Commission of Felony