For the past five months, state police detectives have been investigating an elusive burglar who has repeatedly broken into the same Claymont eatery.
They finally closed in on the suspect Wednesday night and charged 39-year-old Jason Vinckx, of West Greenshire Court in Claymont, with breaking into businesses 12 times since May
Vinckx was charged with 49 burglary-related charges
, mainly misdemeanor thefts, said Cpl. Jeff Whitmarsh, a state police spokesman.
Detectives linked Vinckx to eight break-ins at Mr. Pasta
, located at 1607 Philadelphia Pike between May 14 and Sept. 18.
Whitmarsh said it is not known why the suspect kept going back to Mr. Pasta.
Vinckx is also accused of breaking into several businesses in Brandywine Hundred, Whitmarsh said.
The stores are:
• July 22 - Fairfax Eyeworks, at 2205 Concord Pike
• July 23 - Sprint Quality Printing, at 3609 Silverside Road
• July 23 - Brandywine Flowers, at 1303 Veale Road
• July 26 - Pizza Hut, at 1300 Veale Road.
All of the burglaries occurred overnight, Whitmarsh said.
“He simply broke into the businesses by damaging an exterior window or door,” he said. “He was mainly looking for cash and got a little bit here and a little bit there.”
About a week ago, troopers stopped Vinckx’ car off Marsh Road because he was riding through area shopping centers in a suspicious way
Troopers did not charge him at the time, but shared the information with burglary detectives.
Detectives then compared Vinckx’ mug shot with surveillance video retrieved by several of the victimized businesses and positively identified him, Whitmarsh said.
Wednesday night, detectives armed with an arrest warrant went to the suspect’s girlfriend’s home on Third Avenue in Overlook Colony and arrested him.
Vinckx is being held in the Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $82,400 bail.