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Suspect arrested after burglary of several stores on Pennsylvania Pike

Man arrested for series of burglaries on Philadelphia Pike

WILMINGTON, DE — Delaware State Police have arrested 43-year-old Alexis Martinez of Wilmington for his alleged involvement in several burglaries along Philadelphia Pike. The arrest follows a series of incidents that have plagued local businesses in recent months.

The most recent incident occurred at approximately 1:53 p.m. Saturday at the Penny Hill Repair and Service Center, 517 Philadelphia Pike. Police were called to the scene after an unknown Hispanic man reported a break-in. Martinez reportedly fled on foot after being attacked by the owner of the auto repair shop.

Shortly thereafter, police received another call from Saint Helena Roman Catholic Church at 602 Philadelphia Pike, where the same suspect allegedly trespassed and committed a theft. An officer responding saw Martinez walking south of the church and noticed that his clothing matched descriptions from several other recent burglary cases, including several incidents at the White Glove Car Wash at 201 Philadelphia Pike.

Martinez was arrested without incident and transported to Squad 2, where investigators linked him to a total of eight burglaries at the above locations that occurred between December 6, 2023, and May 26, 2024. Following his arraignment by the Justice of the Peace of Court 11, Martinez was remanded to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $14,251 bail.

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