On Monday April 11, 2016 at 4:17 a.m., New Garden Township Police Officers responded to the Hartefeld development for multiple reports of theft from motor vehicles discovered. Officers met with several victims who related sometime during the overnight hours items were stolen from numerous unlocked vehicles. The victims report numerous items including electronics, purses, and golf clubs, sunglasses and other personal property.

Later that afternoon New Garden Township Officers were called to the 100 block of Kittanset Court for the report of a suspicious person in the neighborhood. The caller reported seeing a white male approach the residence wearing gloves. This person was observed walking around the perimeter of the residence after ringing the door bell several times. Officers located a male fitting the description given by the reporting party.

The suspect was identified as Brandon Buckman, age 28 years of New Castle DE. Buckman stated he was lost in the area looking for an address for a job he obtained on Craigslist. Buckman exhibited signs of intoxication and was asked to submit to standard field sobriety tests. Tests further confirmed impairment and Buckman was taken into custody for driving under the Influence.

In plain view, inside Buckman’s vehicle, officers observed a large package displaying an address for a residence on the same street. Buckman was unable to explain why the package was in the rear of his vehicle. Officers made contact with the name listed on the package and learned it was removed from the front porch of the residence without the owner’s permission.

New Garden Township Police then obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and recovered numerous stolen items from the surrounding area.

Buckman was arraigned by Judge Matt Seavey on charges of Driving Under the Influence, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Possessing Instruments of Crime and related traffic offenses.

Buckman was remanded to Chester County Prison after failing to post the required $7,500 cash bail. Investigation has been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division for follow up.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call New Garden Township Police at 610-268-2907 ext. 102 or email investigators at kcowdright@ngpd.org.

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