The suspects targeted residences and garages containing firearms, ammunition, lawn equipment, riding mowers, tools, jewelry, cash and electronics. Then they sold the property for cash or traded for narcotics, police said.

Delaware State Police have arrested five people involved in a Kent County burglary ring, including suspects from Smyrna and Hartly.

The Troop 3 Property Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Maryland State Police, finished a three-month joint burglary investigation involving suspects Christopher Bacon of Hartly and Harry McKnight Jr. of Henderson, Md.

Police said Bacon and McKnight are suspects in numerous burglaries in western Kent County, northern Kent County, the Smyrna area, and Caroline County, Md. beginning in July.

The suspects targeted residences and garages containing firearms, ammunition, lawn equipment, riding mowers, tools, jewelry, cash and electronics. Then sold the property for cash or traded for narcotics.

During the investigation, residences in Smyrna and Henderson were identified as destinations for the trade of stolen property, police said.

On Sept. 28, the Troop 3 Property Crimes Unit along with the Kent County Governor's Task Force and the Special Operations Response Team executed a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of Wilson Private Drive in Smyrna where Vance L. Taylor of Smyrna and Gerald Edmonds of Philadelphia were taken into custody without incident.

During the search, two Mossberg shotguns, a Chinese SKS rifle with scope and bipod, 112.65 grams of PCP, 10.42 grams of heroin, 5.13 grams of crack cocaine, 13.23 grams of cocaine, several hundred rounds of 7.62 ammunition, numerous pills, and $2,579 in suspected drug proceeds were found in the residence.

The SKS rifle, scope and bipod were reported stolen in a burglary near Hartly that police said was committed by Bacon, McKnight and Greg Grantland of Smyrna.

Bacon, 38, of Hartly, was taken into custody Sept. 28 during a traffic stop and charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, theft of motor vehicle, theft of a firearm, four counts of felony theft, misdemeanor theft, possession of firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of firearm by a person prohibited, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, second-degree conspiracy, three counts of criminal mischief, criminal trespass, four counts of selling stolen property, three counts theft by false pretense and three counts of falsifying business records. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) on $15,805 cash bond while awaiting another court appearance.

McKnight Jr., 44 of Henderson, was taken into custody Sept. 28 during the traffic stop with Bacon and charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, theft of a firearm, four counts of felony theft, misdemeanor theft, second-degree conspiracy, three counts of criminal mischief and criminal trespass. He was committed to JTVCC on $8,005 cash bond while awaiting another court appearance.

Taylor, 22, of Smyrna, was arrested Sept. 28 and charged with three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of possession of controlled substance in a tier-5 quantity, four counts of possession of firearm or ammunition by a person prohibited, six counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in a tier-2 quantity, possession of a controlled substance in a tier-1 quantity, possession of a weapon with obliterated serial number, receiving a stolen firearm, second-degree conspiracy, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to JTVCC in default of $130,700 cash bond while awaiting another court appearance.

Edmonds, 23, of Philadelphia, was arrested Sept. 28 and charged with three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts oossession of controlled substance in a tier-5 quantity, six counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in a tier-2 quantity, possession of a controlled substance in a tier-1 quantity, possession of a weapon with obliterated serial number, receiving a stolen firearm, second-degree conspiracy, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to JTVCC in default of $121,450 cash bond while awaiting another court appearance.

Grantland, 43, of Smyrna, was arrested Oct. 3 and charged with second-degree burglary, nine counts of theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of firearm by a person prohibited, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited and felony theft. He was committed to JTVCC in default of $131,100 cash bond while awaiting another court appearance.