Contact: Cpl. John McDerby, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Nine arrested in connection with vandalism
at Woodland Beach on Aug. 26
DOVER (Aug. 28, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers Thursday arrested five adults and four juveniles in connection with the vandalism of a porta potty in the public fishing pier parking lot at Woodland Beach after hours on Aug. 26.
John D. Moss, 21, of Hartly, Timothy A. Dixon Jr., 18, of Felton, and Shane T. Allaband, 20, of Dover, all were charged with one count of criminal mischief and one count of trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area. Caleb A. Smith, 18, of Harrington, and Thomas R. Keis, 19, of Marydel, were charged with one count each of trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area. Moss, Dixon and Allaband were released on $150 unsecured bond, while Smith and Keis were released on $50 unsecured bond, pending their appearances in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas at a later date.
One of the juveniles was charged with one count of criminal mischief and one count of trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area; the remaining three were charged with one count each of trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area. All four were released to their parents, pending an appearance in Kent County Family Court.
“Due to recent criminal activities in our wildlife areas, fishing piers and boat ramps, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police have increased patrols and surveillance in these areas, including Woodland Beach,” said Cpl. John McDerby, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police. “In this particular case, we would like to thank members of the public who assisted in our investigation, many of whom contacted us through social media.”
The DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at http://de.gov/ogt.
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