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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Partnering Police Link Stolen Items to Multi-state Case

MILFORD, Del.- Technology has helped detectives nab a duo wanted in connection with a string of burglaries in several states.
Delaware State Police partnered with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation in April to look at burglaries and thefts alleged to have been committed by John Docherty, 46, and Jennifer L. Morris, 35.
WCBI tells WBOC there were three break-ins from November 2011 to February 2012. The software from one of the stolen computers helped identify the pair.
Last month, police learned Docherty was arrested in Tennessee, when an 8-year-old boy helped officers track down the accused burglar with an application. It was there that WCBI detectives found a receipt for a storage locker in Kent County, Del.
Working with DSP detectives, the WCBI executed a search warrant at Central Storage in Miford. They found property linked to unsolved burglaries in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia.
The business owner Jerry Hill said he is relieved the two have been caught.
"I was shocked by the magnitude of what they were doing," said Hill.
WCBI will extradite Docherty's alleged accomplice, Morris, Tuesday from New Jersey. DSP has not yet issued warrants for the pair.
Police want to remind the public to keep an inventory of personal belongings and suggest installing tracking devices in electronic items.

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