Four arrested, one suspect remains on the loose after burglaries, attempted robbery

KENT/SUSSEX COUNTY – Delaware State Police have arrested four and are seeking the location of a fifth for their involvement in burglaries committed in Kent and Sussex County as well as an attempted robbery near Milford.

Detectives began investigating a series of burglaries around the beginning of July when the suspects would enter area businesses and remove chainsaws and money.  The following outlines the locations of the burglaries and items stolen:

  • July 5 at approximately 12:12 a.m. – Burke Equipment, 11196 East Snake Road, Delmar, Delaware – 6 chainsaws and one concrete saw.  The total value of the merchandise was over $2,400.  Damage to perimeter fencing valued at approximately $1,500.
  • July 5 at approximately 4:30 a.m. – Tractor Supply, 4089 South DuPont Highway, Dover – Nothing was stolen although damage was estimated at approximately $200 to a fence.
  • July 8 at approximately 2:29 a.m. – Binkley and Hurst, 22367 Sussex Highway, Seaford – A window was damaged ($500) and a safe that contained a small amount of U.S. currency was removed from the business.
  • July 8 at approximately 4:14 a.m. – Sunburst Rentals, 36412 Sussex Highway, Delmar, Delaware – Suspects utilized a forklift to pry open a roll-up door causing approximately $1,500 damage and then removed a chainsaw valued over $240.
  • July 11 at approximately 1:49 a.m. – Barton’s Landscaping, 20689 Sussex Highway, Seaford – Nothing was stolen although damage was estimated at approximately $1,000 to a fence and video surveillance camera.
  • July 11 at approximately 3:10 a.m. – Burke Equipment, 54 Andrews Lake Road, Felton – 11 chainsaws were removed with a total value of over $4,600 along with approximately $1,000 damage to a fence and glass door.

In each of the burglaries, the suspects would cut a portion of perimeter fencing before forcibly entering the businesses.  The brand of chainsaw that was stolen in each case was primarily Stihl.

On July 14, State Police Detectives in Kent and Sussex County were contacted by the Caln Township Police Department from Pennsylvania making them aware of subjects selling a large number of Stihl chainsaws to a pawn shop in Thorndale, PA.

Detectives were able to identify two of the subjects as Mightys E. Gibbs, 24 of Harrington, and Tavon G. Johnson, 22 of Felton, after their information was given to the pawn shop in order to make the transaction.

All of the chainsaws pawned matched the serial numbers of the ones stolen from the various businesses in Delaware and detectives continued to track the equipment as it had already been sold to various unsuspecting buyers throughout the U.S.

Meanwhile, troopers and probation officers assigned to the Kent County Governor’s Task Force were actively patrolling north of Milford, July 18 around 10:17 p.m. when a black Honda Accord was observed parked in the roadway on Big Stone Beach Road south of New Warf Road with only its parking light on.

When the task force unit attempted to pull behind the vehicle to check on the occupants, the car turned the headlights on and began to pull away.  The trooper then activated the emergency equipment in the patrol car to perform a traffic stop.  The Accord continued approximately quarter mile away from where it was originally observed before finally coming to a stop.  Prior to the Honda coming to a full stop, two male rear seat passengers fled from the vehicle into a wooded area nearby.

A front seat passenger, Tavon Johnson, was immediately contacted and placed in custody without incident.  A computer check revealed Johnson had an active capias out of Kent County Court of Common Pleas for violation of probation.

The operator, who was identified as Jaydenn D. Clough, 20 of Smyrna, was also placed in custody without incident.  A search of the vehicle revealed masks and gloves along with a 12-gauge shotgun which would be consistent with someone preparing to conduct a robbery.

Through the investigation, it was determined that the subjects had parked along the roadside and were preparing to commit a robbery of the Shore Stop located at 432 Bay Road in Milford which was just in eyesight of where they had been parked.

In the early morning of July 19, criminal and Governor’s Task Force detectives were able to link all of the incidents together and obtain warrants for the arrests of Tavon Johnson, Jaydenn Clough and Mightys Gibbs, as well as gather information on the other two suspects that fled from the traffic stop in Milford.  Those two were identified as Quadir Bryant, 24 of Felton, and Robert Mannings III, 24 of Viola.

Clough, Jaydenn D

Jaydenn Clough

Tavon Johnson

Tavon Johnson

Jaydenn Clough and Tavon Johnson were transported back to Troop 3 after the stop and charged with attempted robbery in the first degree, attempted possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, conspiracy in the second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson was additionally charged in this case with attempted possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and attempted wearing of a disguise during the commission of a felony.  Clough was released on $22,000 unsecured bond after being arraigned at JP2.

Tavon Johnson was committed to James T. Vaughn after failing to post $50,100 cash bond on the robbery charges as well as the violation of probation.  He was charged separately with three counts of burglary in the third degree, three counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felo

Quadir Bryant

Quadir Bryant

ny, three counts of possession of burglary tools, three counts of conspiracy in the second degree, three counts of theft, three counts of criminal mischief, attempted theft and criminal trespassing in the second degree.  He was given an additional $42,700 secured bond on those crimes.

On July 25, Quadir Bryant was taken into custody by detectives from Troop 4 and charged with attempted robbery in the first degree, attempted possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, attempted wearing of a disguise during the commission of a felony, five counts of burglary in the third degree, three counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, three counts of possession of burglary tools, six counts of conspiracy in the second degree, four counts of theft, five counts of criminal mischief, attempted theft, criminal trespass in the second degree and resisting arrest.  He was arraigned at

Robert Mannings III

Robert Mannings III

JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institute on $208,000 cash bond.

Robert Mannings III was arrested July 26 by the U.S. Marshall’s Task Force and Troop 3 Criminal Investigations Unit. He was charged with attempted robbery in the first degree, attempted possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, attempted wearing of a disguise during the commission of a felony, five counts of burglary in the third degree, three counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, three counts of possession of burglary tools, six counts of conspiracy in the second degree, four counts of theft, five counts of criminal mischief, attempted theft, criminal trespassing in the second degree and resisting arrest.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $83,000 secured bond.

Mightys Gibbs

Mightys Gibbs

Mightys Gibbs is still wanted for attempted robbery in the first degree, attempted possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, attempted wearing of a disguise during the commission of a felony, five counts of burglary in the third degree, three counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, three counts of possession of burglary tools, six counts of conspiracy in the second degree, four counts of theft, five counts of criminal mischief, attempted theft, criminal trespassing in the second degree and resisting arrest.

If anyone has any information in reference to the whereabouts of Mightys Gibbs they are asked to contact Detective D. Blomquist at 302-698-8426.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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