Two men have been charged in connection to a pair of recent commercial burglaries in the Wilmington area, Delaware State Police said Monday.
According to authorities, troopers were dispatched to identify Griffith at 735 South Market Street around 7:35 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2020, for reports of two men, later identified as Philip W. Jones Jr., 51, and Jeron D. Brown, 55, both of Wilmington, inside a fenced yard at the business attempting to steal property.
Police said, upon arrival, they spotted two individuals running through Casper's Auto Parts, the lot next-door to identify Griffith. The men were taken into custody as they were trying to make it back to a vehicle they had waiting nearby.
Police said an investigation revealed the men accessed an assortment of mechanical equipment and construction materials they'd planned to steal, and were eventually linked to a prior burglary at the same location during which a large quantity of power tools had been stolen.
Authorities charged both Jones and Brown with two counts second-degree burglary, two counts wearing a disguise during commission of a felony, two counts possession of burglar tools, two counts second-degree conspiracy, theft greater than $1,500, attempted theft less than $1,500, criminal mischief, and second-degree criminal trespass. Each was released on $10,100 unsecured bond.