Troy Cobb and James Green-Surman are charged with burglaries in both counties

Working in conjunction with a number of local agencies, troopers with the Delaware State Police have arrested two men in connection with numerous burglaries.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said the investigation began in April 2018, when agencies primarily in Kent and Sussex counties began experiencing a rash of commercial glass break burglaries. During these burglaries, the suspect(s) typically forced entry by throwing a brick or rock against a glass door or window.

They usually stole cash registers from the businesses.

Detectives eventually identified a vehicle associated with the burglaries as a silver 2007 Saturn Aura belonging to 28-year-old James D. Green-Surman and named the Dover resident as a prime suspect in the break-ins.

On May 23 detectives spotted Green-Surman trying to break into Pete’s Steak House at 19287 Miller Road, Rehoboth Beach, by throwing a brick against a glass door. Green-Surman was taken into custody and arrested.

He is charged in connection with crimes occurring at 36 businesses, by the Troop 3 Criminal Investigation Unit, Troop 4 CIU, the Dover Police Department, the Milford Police Department, and the Middletown Police Department for 133 charges consisting of burglary, attempted burglary, wearing a disguise, possession of burglary tools, theft over $1500, theft under $1500, attempted theft under $1500, conspiracy, criminal mischief over $5000, criminal mischief $1000-$5000, and criminal mischief under $1000.

He later was released from custody after posting a $130,050 secured bail bond.

Detectives also identified 33-year-old Tony A. Cobb of Dover as a co-conspirator in some of the burglaries. Cobb was arrested June 5 by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, the Dover Police Department, and Probation and Parole in Dover, Jaffe said.

Cobb was wanted in reference to active violation of probation warrants and burglary warrants, she added.

Cobb is charged in connection with crimes occurring at 13 businesses by Troop 3, Troop 4, the Dover Police Department, and the Milford Police Department for 62 charges consisting of burglary, attempted burglary, wearing a disguise, possession of burglary tools, theft over $1500, theft under $1500, attempted theft under $1500, conspiracy, criminal mischief over $5000, criminal mischief $1000-$5000, and criminal mischief under $1000.

He has been incarcerated at the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $9,675 cash-only bond for his VOP warrants and a $132,250 secured bond in reference to his burglary warrants.