Son, mother charged with thefts from vehicles

A mother and son are under arrest in connection with thefts from vehicles in Delaware.

Delaware State Police say at about 2:15 a.m. Monday, they were dispatched to the Swann Keys development for a reported theft in progress.

The homeowner reported a man "wearing camouflage pants was entering a vehicles in front of their house. When the witness yelled at the subject, he took off running. Troopers responding to Swann Keys observed a blue Ford Crown Victoria with a white male driving slowly through the neighborhood and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the car. The Crown Victoria failed to stop as the trooper activated the emergency equipment and continued driving through the development before finally coming to a stop in the area of the community pool."

Police say Bradley P. Morton, 24 of Bishopville, Maryland, matched the description of the suspect rummaging through the cars and was taken into custody.

Troopers continued to search the streets and found Teresa L. Morton, 51 of the same town, walking alone, and took her into custody as well.

Turns out, Bradley Morton was wanted for forgery and thefts from back in April when he allegedly stole a check from a vehicle on Grant Avenue in Selbyville.

Then, police say he wrote the check for $150 to himself and forged the victim's name before cashing it.

Bradley was charged with two counts of forgery, burglary, identity theft, seven counts of theft, driving under the influence of alcohol, disregarding a police officer's signal, driving while suspended or revoked and other traffic related charges.

Detectives are continuing to follow up on more thefts from vehicles in the area and say more charges of burglary and thefts are forthcoming.

Teresa Morton was charged with three counts of attempted theft, three counts of criminal trespass, and conspiracy.