36-year-old Minos Wilson and his nephew, 27-year-old Chad Wilson were arrested on Tuesday following an investigation into copper theft in the area.
Troopers responded to reports of chainsaw noise in a farm field on Deer Forrest Road around 3:00 p.m. on January 24th. They found two empty pickup trucks under an irrigation system.
A canine unit led police from the trucks to the home of Minos Wilson and later determined that he was the owner of one of the trucks.
The other vehicle was not properly registered.
Investigators learned that Minos Wilson and his nephew Chad had cut several pieces of copper from the irrigation system before fleeing the scene.
Both men are being charged with theft and related offenses. They were released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Police say that copper theft from irrigation systems is an ongoing problem in Delaware, and they are asking anyone with information relating to this crime to contact Troop 4 Property Crimes Unite at 302-856-5850 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.