A twice-convicted sex offender who police say recently broke into a woman's home and opened her bedroom door while she was asleep was found with the ID cards of four different women when he was arrested Thursday.
Roger Dennis, 46, was charged with burglary, theft, theft of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief in connection with several recent thefts, including of two cars, New Castle County police said.
He was released on unsecured bail after being identified as the suspect in the incidents in part thanks to his dog, police said.
Police nabbed Dennis after responding to a home on Atlantic Avenue, in the community of Richardson Park, near Elsmere, on Thursday. A woman had called 911 to report a man broke into her house.
The victim told responding officers that she was asleep when she heard her bedroom door open. She then saw an older, bald black man inside her house.
She yelled at the man to leave, but he reached toward her, police said. The victim then swatted his hand away, at which point he fled.
After he left her house, the suspect picked up his small white dog, which police said he'd left on the victim's porch while he broke into her home, and left.
As the victim called police, she noticed her driver's license was missing from her purse. New Castle County police conducted a neighborhood canvass and were able to identify Dennis as the suspect.
Officers then realized Dennis was the same person who was caught on video stealing a car that was warming up on Matthes Avenue — a crime he's accused of committing while walking the same little white dog he brought to the Thursday burglary
Police arrested Dennis and took him to New Castle County police headquarters. When he was taken into custody, officers found four different women's driver's licenses on him.
Based on the licenses and "additional evidence" that police have not elaborated on, detectives charged Dennis with the Atlantic Avenue burglary, the stolen vehicle from Matthes Avenue, two thefts from the Friendly’s Restaurant located in Brandywine Town Center, a theft from a doctor's office in Newark, a theft from the 400 block of Wooddale Avenue and a stolen motor vehicle from the Abby Medical Center in Newark.
Court documents obtained by Delaware Online/The News Journal show that Dennis broke into the woman's home by forcing open the lock on her porch, then got in through a window.
Dennis, a twice-convicted sex offender, is considered "high risk" — he was convicted of unlawful third-degree sexual conduct in June 1989 and then a first-degree offense in July 1991. The second conviction came as a result of a 1990 rape, burglary, robbery and kidnapping.
He also carjacked a woman outside her home in December 2010, Dennis' available criminal history shows. Delaware Online/The News Journal was not able to access any additional history due to the courts being closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court and later released on $17,100 unsecured bail.