Samantha Lennon and Kyle Jones, both of Newark, held on charges

A Newark woman has been charged and a Newark man is in custody after detectives determined the pair cashed stolen checks.

The investigation began on the afternoon of December 13 after the two victims, a 28-year-old female from New Castle and a 42-year-old female from Newark, briefly parked their vehicles in the parking lot of Holy Angles Church, 82 Possum Park Road. When they returned to their vehicles they found the passenger-side front windows shattered and their purses missing.

During the next few days, seven of the 28-year-old victim's stolen checks were forged and cashed at banks throughout New Castle County, resulting in a theft of over $10,000. Detectives determined that the suspects wrote the checks to other theft-from-vehicle victims, and used those victims' stolen identification documents to cash the checks. The suspects also used the 42-year-old victim's stolen bank account information to withdraw more than $2,000 from her account.

On Feb. 12 pictures of three suspects cashing the stolen checks were released to the public. After seeing the surveillance pictures of herself in media reports, Samantha Lennon, 18, turned herself in to detectives on February 17. She was charged with two counts each of theft over $1,500, forgery second degree, and conspiracy second degree. She was released on $6,000 unsecured bail.

Detectives and Crime Stoppers also received numerous tips advising that the male pictured in the surveillance photographs is Kyle Jones, 24. Detectives and members of the Elkton Police Department apprehended Jones at a residence in Elkton, Maryland yesterday. Jones is being held at the Cecil County Detention Center and is awaiting extradition to Delaware, where he is wanted on several counts of theft over $1,500, forgery second degree, and conspiracy second degree.