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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dagsboro Man Charged After Defrauding Three Victims

30000 block of Thorogoods Road, Dagsboro, DE
22000 block of Hurdle Ditch Road, Harbeson, DE

Date of Occurrence:
Sunday, November 18, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011

48 year old Millsboro, DE woman
53 year old Millsboro, DE woman
69 year old Harbeson, DE woman

Jonathan E. Brown, 29, Dagsboro, DE

Theft by False Promise (2 counts)

Committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution for lack of $3000.00 secured bail.


Dagsboro, DE- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Dagsboro man after he defrauded a Millsboro pair and a Harbeson woman late last month.

The investigation began on Sunday, November 20, 2011 after troopers were called to respond to a residence located in the 30000 block of Thorogoods Road, Dagsboro for the report of a theft. It was at this time that troopers contacted a 48 year old victim who advised them that on November 16, 2011 she had been at the Thorogoods Road address visiting a friend when defendant Jonathan Brown arrived. The victim described Brown as an acquaintance. As they were talking, Brown advised the victim that he knew a male subject who was going through a divorce and was attempting to sell some of his property, namely a flat screen television. The victim advised that she provided Brown with $135.00 for the television with the promise that he would deliver it to her on November 18th. However, Brown never arrived as promised on that date.

The investigating troopers were also contacted by the homeowner of the Thorogoods Road address who indicated that on the same date, Brown had also promised to sell her a flat screen television from the same male subject for $100.00. The second victim, a 53 year old woman, provided Brown with $100.00; however, he again never delivered the television as promised. The investigating troopers then obtained warrants charging Jonathan Brown with two counts of Theft by False Promise.

On Sunday, November 27, troopers responded to a residence located in the 22000 block of Hurdle Ditch Road, in Harbeson in reference to a theft. It was there that they contacted a 69 year old female resident who advised them that on November 20, a male subject, later identified as Jonathan Brown, responded to her residence and introduced himself as her new neighbor. After a period of time, the female resident and Brown began to talk about a boat that was parked in her driveway. It was at this time that Brown advised her that he had a friend who was attempting to sell a stainless steel boat prop and a flat screen television for $100 each. The victim agreed to purchase the items and provided Brown with $200.00 with the promise that they would be delivered on November 27th. However, Brown again failed to show. Troopers obtained an additional warrant charging Brown with one count of theft.

On December 16, 2011 Brown was located in the area of Delaware Avenue in Frankford and taken into custody by the Delaware State Police. He was then arrested on the above list of charges and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution for lack of $3000.00 secured bail.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have been defrauded in a similar manner by Jonathan Brown to contact Detective John Evans at Troop 4 at 302-856-5850 ext. 214. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at

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