Newark man caught breaking into vehicles at Red Roof Inn

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NEWARK, DE – On January 12, 2022, at about 1947 hours, Newark Police responded to the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn at 1119 South College Avenue for a report of a subject using an object or tool to enter a vehicle.  The owner of the vehicle confronted the suspect and the suspect walked away.

Arriving officers were directed to the vehicle the suspect arrived in and contacted the suspect.  He was taken into custody without incident.  The suspect was wearing an empty holster when he was removed from the vehicle.  Inside his vehicle, officers located two loaded handguns.  Officers also located the described tools that were used in an attempt to enter the victim’s vehicle.

The suspect was identified as Robert Eby, 47, of Newark.  He was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with:

  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (2 counts)
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Firearm) (2 counts)
  • Attempted Burglary Third Degree
  • Possession of Burglar Tools
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited

Eby appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $49,000 secured bail. Eby was turned over to the custody of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.