By ERIN ROLL
An escaped man from a Delaware community correctional facility was arrested in Montclair on Jan. 15, after attempting to sell a stolen camera to a local antique store.
David Succarote, 31, had escaped from the Plummer Community Corrections Center near Wilmington on Dec. 25, according to the Delaware Department of Corrections. Succarote had left the facility by climbing over the perimeter fence.
Montclair Police Lt. David O’Dowd said Succarote was arrested for attempting to sell a camera to an antique store. The camera, which had been stolen after being delivered to a Church Street apartment building, was valued at $11,000.
Succarote was arrested for receiving stolen property, O’Dowd said.
“We are still investigating the theft element of this incident, as well as other thefts in the area,” O’Dowd said.
O’Dowd said he could not release information on which antique store Succarote had taken the camera to. The incident was still under investigation.
When asked if Succarote had any ties to Montclair, O’Dowd said police believe that Succarote had a friend in Montclair that he may have been hoping to stay with. That is also being investigated, he said.
The Delaware community corrections center is a facility that manages offenders transitioning back into the community. Offenders staying at the facility are allowed to leave during the day for work, go on job interviews or attend approved treatment sessions. According to reports, Succarote was serving time for a probation violation.
According to the center’s site, the facility is responsible for both males and females who are in the work release stage of their sentence. Many of the work is done within the surrounding community and consists of snow removal, spring cleanups and other supervised work.
The work release program can help inmates prepare for being released by reintroducing them to a structured and supervised life that extends into the outside world. Offenders who have full time employment must pay $25 per week to room and board.