A 41-year-old Rehoboth Beach woman was one of three people arrested Dec. 15 following a traffic stop in Harrington.
According to the Harrington Police Department, the incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. when an officer observed a vehicle going the wrong way on U.S. Route 13 in the area of Porter Street. Police said the driver, later identified as Evelyn M. Bland, initially provided the officer with a false name. After confirming Bland’s identity, police found she was wanted out of several courts and by the Delaware State Police for shoplifting, according to the HPD. Bland was taken into custody without incident. While searching the vehicle, the officer discovered drug paraphernalia and took the passenger, 40-year-old Michelle L. Bloothoofd of Dover, into custody without incident. Police said Bland contacted a friend, 46-year-old Curtis Elliot of Lincoln, and asked him to pick up the vehicle from the traffic stop. Police said the officer conducting the stop was familiar with Elliot, conducted a computer check prior to his arrival and confirmed he was also wanted by DSP for shoplifting. Elliot was also taken into custody upon his arrival.
As police continued an investigation, it was discovered that Elliot was suspected of shoplifting merchandise from the Midway Shopping Center Food Lion prior to his arrival at the traffic stop. The merchandise was returned to the Food Lion.
Bland was issued a criminal summons for criminal impersonation and possession of drug paraphernalia, and was issued several traffic summons. She was turned over to the DSP to face the previous shoplifting charges. Bloothoofd was issued a criminal summons for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released pending a future court appearance. Elliot was issued a criminal summons for shoplifting under $1,500. He was turned over to the DSP to face the shoplifting charges.