Both men were arrested Nov. 11 after being spotted in an area where several burglaries had taken place.

Two brothers from Bridgeville, identified as Shane J. Fairbank, 30, and Kenneth H. Fairbank Jr., 31, have been charged in connection with a recent string of burglaries in the area.

Detectives levied the criminal counts after the two were arrested Nov. 11, said Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz.

The case against the two men came together as troopers were investigating a burglary in the 17000 block of Meadow Drive, Bratz said. In that instance, someone had gotten into the home through an unlocked garage and had stolen some medication. The detectives then probed an attempted burglary nearby, where two men were seen opening a storm door and pulling on the door handle, Bratz said.

The men were later seen in the neighborhood and picked up by troopers and a DSP K9 unit.

Detectives were able to link the two to several other burglaries and thefts in the Bridgeville area beginning Nov. 9. In most of those cases, unsecured buildings and vehicles would be entered during the night with the burglars taking money, prescription medication and other miscellaneous items, Bratz said.

Both men are charged with second-degree burglary, attempted second-degree burglary, attempting to obtain possession of a controlled substance by theft, attempted theft, and two counts of second-degree conspiracy.

Shane Fairbank also is charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal trespass, felony theft, four counts of theft, two counts of attempted theft, two counts of attempting to obtain possession of a controlled substance by theft, and two counts of criminal mischief.

He was jailed in default of a $71,250 secured bond. Kenneth Fairbank is jailed on a $28,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about these burglaries or who may have had property stolen in the Bridgeville Chase Development are asked to call Det. McCabe at 302-752-3798.

Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, via the Internet at, or by sending a text to 274637 (CRIMES), starting the message with the keyword “DSP.”