SANATOGA PA – Two local residents have been confined to Montgomery County jail and await an Aug. 27 (2015; Thursday) preliminary hearing in the Sanatoga courtroom of Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp after they were charged in relation to an alleged car theft that occurred last week in Rehoboth Beach DE.
Arrested by Pottstown police, according to court criminal docket sheets, were Darmon Z. Jardine, 20, of Lower Pottsgrove, and Shaolin Hoff, 19, of Pottstown. Both have been charged with receiving stolen property, conspiracy to receive stolen property, and the purchase of alcoholic beverages by a minor, records show. Hoff also is charged with resisting arrest.
The two were among five individuals stopped outside the CVS Pharmacy on East High Street by Pottstown and Lower Pottsgrove police units Friday (July 31) while they were riding in a reportedly stolen four-door Toyota Prius with Maryland license plates. The vehicle was said to have been taken Thursday (July 30) in an alleged car-jacking incident that took place in the popular Delaware beach resort city.
Each was jailed because they were unable to post a cash bail set during arraignment, also in front of Kropp, at $150,000.
A Pottstown Mercury report of the arrests claims Hoff was one of two individuals who allegedly fled the car on foot into the area of Sunnybrook Village after it was stopped. A juvenile also attempted to escape. Both were caught after a hunt by police and law enforcement canines.
Rehoboth Beach police reportedly have issued fugitive warrants for Hoff and a juvenile, identified Tuesday (Aug. 4, 2015) in a story by the CapeGazette.com news service. Its reporting cites police information that links them to the car-jacking, the victim of which was a 58-year-old man patronizing a Starbucks restaurant on Rehoboth Avenue in the city.
The CapeGazette.com story also reports a third suspect may have been involved in the car-jacking.
Additionally, according to CapeGazette.com, Rehoboth Beach Det. Tyler Whitman is investigating the possible involvement of some of those stopped at CVS in an alleged robbery attempt at a 7-Eleven convenience store that occurred earlier Thursday in the city.
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