Delaware State Police Arrest Subject for Theft of a Motor Vehicle

by Pat Haley

Delaware State Police have arrested Francis Phillips (no photograph available), 31, for theft of a motor vehicle following an incident Tuesday night.

On May 26, 2022, at approximately 6:04 p.m., troopers responded to Traders Joe’s located at 5605 Concord Pike, Wilmington for a stolen vehicle. Investigation determined the victim dropped her key fob to her 2020 Buick Enclave in the parking lot as she entered the store. 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.

Phillips was transported back to Troop 1 and charged with the following crimes:

  • Theft of a Motor Vehicle (Felony)

Phillips was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court # 11 and released on his own recognizance.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and need assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1-800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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