Delaware State Police have arrested a Smyrna man in connection with a series of burglaries he allegedly committed in the north Dover and south Smyrna areas in March.
On Friday at approximately 11:35 a.m., troopers were dispatched to the area of Juniper Court for a reported suspicious male walking along the wood line in the Hickory Hollow development. As troopers were searching the area, a residence on Pebble Drive appeared to have been broken into. Troopers were able to make contact with the victim, who was not home at that time, and discovered electronic items such as laptops, a Smart TV, and jewelry were stolen from the home. Police said information was obtained through the witnesses living in the area who saw Lyndon R. King enter a residence on Juniper Court.
Troopers were able to gain entry into the residence after obtaining permission by the homeowner and discovered King allegedly hiding under a bed, police said. As the troopers were attempted to take King into custody, a physical altercation ensued between him a trooper which resulted in the trooper being punched several times in the upper body. King was ultimately taken into custody without any further incident and transported back to Troop 3. A search of the residence resulted in the recovery of a laptop that was removed from the home on Pebble Drive, but no other items were located.
Police said King was also linked to a number of other burglaries that were committed in the Smyrna and Dover areas where jewelry and electronics were allegedly removed from the residences and then sold to local pawn shops. In one incident that occurred on March 24, it was reported that three shotguns were stolen from the homeowner on East Denneys Road and another handgun was stolen on March 20 from a victim who resides on Pearsons Corner Road. Those weapons have not been recovered.
King was charged with five counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of theft of a firearm, five counts of theft, resisting arrest, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, falsifying business records, theft by false pretense, selling stolen property, and four counts of criminal mischief.
King was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $20,500 secured bond.