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Police Requesting Public's Help in La Costena Burglary, 3 Arrested in Crack Cocain/Heroin Recovery

Apr 21, 2015 12:59PM ● By Kevin

The Middletown Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the above pictured suspect, who forced entry into the La Costena Mexican Grocery, 10 East Main Street, Middletown during the overnight hours of April 7. 

The suspect is described as heavy set white male, tattoos on both upper arms, covering his face with a traffic vest.  If you have any information regarding the suspect’s identity, please contact Detective Joshua Stafford of the Middletown Police Department at 302-376-9955 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 847-3333. Your tip may make you eligible for a reward.


Over 16 grams of crack cocaine, 54 bags of heroin recovered in Middletown

Bruce Sartin, 29

After receiving complaints from concerned citizens the Middletown Police Department conducted an investigation of a residence on the unit block of West Lake Street, that lead to the arrest of three individuals.

On Thursday, April 16, the Middletown Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence and located over 16 grams of crack cocaine and 54 bags of heroin. 

As police arrived, one of the occupants, Bruce Sartin, 29 attempted to hide in the attic.  After several minutes Sartin was located and was placed into custody without incident. Sartin was also wanted by the Superior Court of Delaware for Failure to Re-Register as a Sex Offender. 

Tanya Delp, 41

Tanya Delp, 41 was charged with the above offenses and was committed to WCI after failing to post $87,000 secured bond. 

Bruce Sartin was charged with the above offenses and was committed to Vaughn Correctional Institution after failing to post $8,000 secured bond. 

Sarah Forbes, 28 was charged with the above offenses and was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.

Sarah Forbes, 28


DUI, Resisting Arrest

Barnhart, Kermit J.
Middletown DE, 44

On Friday, April 11, 2015 at approximately 0210 hours, Officer First Class Sung Choi stopped a 2002 Dodge Ram Pick Up Tuck for a traffic violation on Dove Run Boulevard.  Upon approaching the vehicle OFC Choi met the vehicles operator Kermit Barnhart 44, of Middletown.

After a brief conversation Barnhart was asked to exit his vehicle at which time he refused and fled at a high rate of speed, spinning his tires, striking curbs and driving up and over curbs. 

Officers were able to avoid being struck by Barnhart as he fled.  

Attempts to locate Barnhart were negative. Warrants were signed and were on file for Barnhart who turned himself in at the Middletown Police Department on Monday, April 13th.

Barnhart was processed and arraigned on the following:

-DUI 5th Offense, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Endangering and numerous other traffic violations.

Barnhart was released after posting $10,000 secured bond.    

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