BERLIN — Two Worcester County men have been charged in Delaware with 247 counts, each ranging from burglary to criminal mischief, for as many as 88 residential break-ins in neighboring Sussex County dating back to last fall.
Delaware State Police in November began investigating a rash of residential burglaries throughout Lower Sussex County committed over a period of about a month from September to October. Numerous seasonal homes were broken into during the spree and had televisions, high-end electronics and other equipment stolen. On Nov. 13, 2013, Bradford J. Hall, 27, of Bishopville, was arrested during a burglary in progress in the Clearwater development just south of Ocean View. Hall was released two days later after posting bail.
DSP detectives continued to investigate the burglaries and discovered Hall was involved in numerous other incidents, along with an accomplice identified as William K. Freeman, 28, of Berlin. Freeman was apprehended during a traffic stop in Laurel, Del. on December 20 for warrants obtained connecting him to a rash of burglaries in the Bethany Beach area and he has held on an unsecured bond. On January 10, Freeman was charged with 247 counts ranging from burglary, theft, conspiracy and criminal mischief. He remains incarcerated in lieu of a $629,000 cash bond.
Meanwhile, on Jan. 24, Hall was arrested in Maryland by Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies and was jailed in Worcester until he was extradited to Delaware on January 29. He has also been charged with the same 247 counts including burglary, theft and criminal mischief and is also now being held in Delaware on a $629,000 bond. DSP detectives have been able to clear a total of 88 residential burglaries allegedly committed by Freeman and Hall.