Victim was able to detain the suspect until police arrived.
The Delaware State Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a residential burglary.
On Sunday, Jan. 28, at approximately 6:05 a.m. troopers were dispatched to a residence located in the 1200 block of Crystal Road in Hartley for a burglary in progress complaint. Upon arrival, contact was made with the residents, a 33-year-old male and his 29-year-old girlfriend. The 33-year-old victim was able to detain the subject who had just broken into his residence while waiting the arrival of the State Police.
The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Jeffrey B. Smith Jr. of Wilmington, was taken into custody without further incident. Further investigation revealed that Smith had forced entry into the residence through a rear sliding glass door. Once inside, he was discovered by the 29-year-old female walking around in the living room, at which point police were immediately contacted.
Both the residents indicated that they did not know Smith and had no connections to him. Neither of the residents or Smith were injured as a result of this incident.
Smith was transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with burglary 2nd degree and criminal mischief. Smith also had six active capias on unrelated charges. Smith was arraigned out of Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $7,750 secured bond.