Woodland crimes net six arrests

Published 9:28 am Thursday, December 3, 2009

WOODLAND — From his very first day on the job, Woodland Police Chief Jesse Stevens has been busy.

On his first full day, November 18, the new police chief began to investigate a breaking and entering at Lassiter’s Used Cars in town. That investigation led to five arrests.

Christopher Hunter, 20, Michael Belfield, 18, Brandon Clark, 19, Troy Townes, 17 and a 15-year-old juvenile stand charged with the crime.

On December 17, the suspects allegedly broke into Lassiter’s Used Cars and stole key blanks, which were used in an attempted theft of one of the business’s cars.

Stevens said those blank keys didn’t work on the vehicle.

Each of the five suspects is charged with breaking and entering of a business, larceny after breaking and entering and attempted larceny of a motor vehicle.

Stevens said Hunter, Belfield, Clark and Townes were place in the Northampton County Jail on a $20,000 bond each. The 15-year-old juvenile was placed in protective custody.

Stevens said the five suspects are also suspected in a breaking and entering at the M&M Convenient Store. No charges have yet been filed in that crime.

On Saturday, Stevens along with officers from Seaboard Police Department arrested Marcus Deloatch, 25, of Conway for drug related charges.

Stevens said he was contacted by Seaboard Police Chief George Reed who informed him that a subject was coming into Woodland for the purpose of selling drugs.

Stevens and Reed along with Seaboard Police Sergeant Harold Phillips set up surveillance in an area in town. A vehicle description was also provided to the lawmen.

When the vehicle arrived in the area, the officers initiated a traffic stop and search. Stevens said 1.6 grams of crack cocaine was found along will 11 grams of marijuana and a digital scale.

Deloatch was charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was taken to the Northampton County Jail and placed on a $20,000 bond.

Stevens said he was very pleased to work with the Seaboard Police Department on the case.

He said he hopes to get mutual aid agreements signed with each area law enforcement agency in order to get everyone on the same page to curtail the problems with drugs, breaking and enterings and gangs.