Police dog busts serial burglar hiding in home, police say

Isabel Hughes - Delaware Online

A serial burglar who broke into a Swanwyck Gardens home Sunday evening couldn't evade a New Castle County Police K-9, which found him hiding on the second floor of the house, according to police.

New Castle County police were dispatched to the Landers Lane home at about 9 p.m. for an alarm activation, department spokesman Master Cpl. Michel Eckerd said.

When officers arrived, they saw a back window in the home was broken. After receiving permission from the homeowner, officers and K-9 Guci went inside.

Guci quickly found 48-year-old Thomas Love, who was hiding upstairs, police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

Detectives who were called to investigate said they were able to link Love to at least one other home burglary that occurred this year, and charged him in connection with that break-in.

In addition to the two felony burglary charges, Love was charged with felony possession of burglar tools, terroristic threatening, theft, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court and held in lieu of $35,400 cash bail.

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