Man Charged for GTA After Stealing Vehicle from Trader Joe’s Parking Lot in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NJ – 31-year-old Francis Phillips was arrested and charged for theft of a motor vehicle following an incident Tuesday night.

According to police, at pproximately 6:04 p.m., troopers responded to Traders Joe’s located at 5605 Concord Pike, Wilmington for a stolen vehicle.

“The investigation determined the victim dropped her key fob to her 2020 Buick Enclave in the parking lot as she entered the store,” Delaware Police reported. “Upon returning to her vehicle, it was no longer in the parking space. The suspect located the dropped key fob and fled the parking lot in the stolen vehicle. Through investigative means troopers located the stolen Buick Enclave on Kennett Pike in the area of Valley Way, Wilmington and initiated a traffic stop.”

The operator and sole occupant identified as Francis Phillips was taken into custody without incident.

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