A Georgetown man is facing several criminal charges after allegedly breaking into a home in Lewes last month and an attempting break in at a home in Harbeson last week.
Henry L. Dukes Jr., 41, turned himself in to state police at Troop 4 in Georgetown on Wednesday and was charged with burglary, attempted burglary, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, stalking, two counts of attempted theft and criminal trespass.
He has since been released on a $10,001 secured bond, police said.
According to police, Dukes is the man who broke into a home in 17000 block of Chatham Street in Lewes at about 5:20 a.m. on June 18.
The 23-year-old victim in that case told police she awoke to find a man dressed in black and wearing a partial mask standing in her living room. After being spotted, the intruder fled through a rear door and drove away in a white car.
The woman called police again at about 5:45 a.m. the next day after reportedly seeing the same white car parked in an alley behind her home. However, the car was no longer there when troopers arrived.
The woman reported seeing the same car behind her home a third time at about 5:30 a.m. on June 26, but it drove away while she was on the phone with 911 dispatchers.
Later that morning, the woman reportedly saw a man wearing a mask and gloves approaching her house and activated the panic alarm on her security system, before fleeing to another room.
Again, responding troopers were unable to locate a suspect or the white car, police said.
Then, about 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, a 41-year-old woman who lives in the 29000 block of Woodcrest Drive in Harbeson called police after hearing noises around her window unit air conditioner and a flash light outside the window.
The woman and male friend found a man outside the house and chased him to a home on Harmon Hill Road, where he was seen getting into a white car. The couple later was able to provide police with the car’s registration information, which was used to track down Dukes, police said.