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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Three charged in burglary ring that hit Clayton and Hartly areas

  • Delaware State Police detectives arrested three suspects this week in connection with numerous burglaries and thefts that occurred in Kent County, including the Clayton and Hartly areas, in May and June.
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  • Delaware State Police detectives arrested three suspects this week in connection with numerous burglaries and thefts that occurred in Kent County, including the Clayton and Hartly areas, in May and June.
    On June 4, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Unit at Troop 3 began investigating a series of burglaries that occurred in the Clayton, Hartly, Woodside, Camden, and Felton areas, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier. These incidents, which began at the end of May, happened primarily during the daylight hours. The suspects forcibly entered the residences and remove jewelry, firearms, and electronic devices. Then they took the merchandise to local pawn shops where they would receive cash for the items.
    Through the investigation and interviews, Michael D. Messick, 31; Michael A. Hoesch, 29, and Ashley N. Smith, 27, had been linked to the burglaries that were committed in southern Kent County after a relative of one of the suspects noticed items in their car that didn't belong to them. The vehicle, that belonged to the relative, was frequently used by Messick and Smith to travel around the county with their associate, Michael Hoesch, and allegedly store the items stolen in the burglaries before they were taken to pawn shops to be exchanged for cash, police said.
    Detectives obtained warrants on the three suspects and arrested Michael Messick, of Wyoming, on June 29. He was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, nine counts of theft of a firearm, three counts of theft, three counts of second-degree conspiracy, and two counts of criminal mischief. He was arraigned on his charges and committed to the James Vaughn Sr. Correctional Center in default of $49,000 secured bond to await another court appearance.
    The other two suspects, Michael Hoesch, of Hartly, and Ashley Smith, of Camden, were arrested on July 2.
    Hoesch was charged with five counts of second-degree burglary, 12 counts of theft of a firearm, five counts of theft, five counts of second-degree conspiracy, and three counts of criminal mischief. He was committed to the James Vaughn Sr. Correctional Center on $110,200 secured bond to await another court appearance.
    Smith was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, nine counts of theft of a firearm, three counts of theft, three counts of second-degree conspiracy, and two counts of criminal mischief. She was committed to the Delores Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on $37,000 secured bond to await another court appearance.

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