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Milford man returned to Delaware, charged in connection with safe stealing and police assault

By Melissa Steele | Aug 28, 2013

The Milford man who was wanted in connection with stealing a safe from a car dealership and assaulting a police officer has been returned to Delaware and charged.

Darrell R. Putnam, 26, was arrested Aug. 13 by Downington, Pa. police and was held in Chester County Detention Center until Aug. 27 when he was returned to Delaware and charged, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

Putnam was charged with first-degree assault of a police officer, second-degree burglary, attempted theft $1,500 or greater, criminal mischief $5,000 or greater, resisting arrest with force and criminal mischief $1,000 but less than $5,000. He was committed to Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in default of $48,000 secured bond.

Police say Putnam stole a safe from Hertrich Nissan on South DuPont Highway north of Milford early morning Aug. 11 and injured a trooper after she tried to stop him from driving away, Fournier said.

Fournier said Putnam drove directly at the trooper, struck the driver's side door and pinned her left foot in between the door and the frame. The trooper was taken to Kent General Hospital where she was treated for a fractured left foot.

Putnam continued to drive recklessly through the car dealership parking lot and struck two cars before fleeing the area, Fournier said.

Upon investigating the incident, Fournier said, police discovered Putnam had climbed through a car dealership window and removed a safe.

The safe, however, fell out of Putnam's car as he was fleeing the parking lot, Fournier said.

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