K9 Assists with Apprehension of Car Thief

Posted on  12/16/2013 10:24 am


  • West 30th and North Harrison Streets, Wilmington, Delaware

Date of Occurrence:

  • Saturday, December 14, 2013 at approximately 2:37 a.m.


  • Kyree Custis, 23, 400 block North Bancroft Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware
    • Receiving Stolen Property
    • Possession of Heroin
    • Resisting Arrest
    • Drive without a Valid License


A car thief refusing to exit a stolen vehicle was taken into custody with assistance from a police K9 early Saturday morning.

On December 14, at approximately 2:37 a.m., Officers Brian McCanney and Robert Lynch responded to a complaint of a stolen Chevrolet Malibu. OnStar contacted Wilmington Police Communications and notified police of the vehicle’s direction of travel. The officers located the vehicle traveling westbound on West 30th Street. At West 30th and North Harrison Streets the operator attempted to park the vehicle on the south side of the block. The officers exited their patrol car and made contact with the operator, Kyree Custis, and ordered him to exit the vehicle. Custis refused to exit and locked the door. As the officers prepared to make a forced entry, Custis unlocked the door but still refused to exit. When Custis then attempted to place the vehicle back in drive, Cpl. Robert Steele deployed his K9 partner, Neo, who made contact with Custis and helped pull him from the vehicle.

Custis was taken into custody after a further struggle and transported to Wilmington Hospital for treatment. Due to multiple layers of winter clothing Custis did not sustain bite injuries.

Officers later located 10 bags of heroin inside the vehicle and discovered that Custis had an existing capias for his arrest out of Sussex County Family Court. An investigation also revealed that Custis had operated the vehicle without a valid license.

Kyree Custis was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 20 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $9,100 unsecured bail.