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MILFORD, Del. - The Milford Police Department (MPD) says that that have arrested four people in relation to raw chicken theft from Perdue's plant.

MPD says the operation was created by 40-year-old Lorenzo Jones Jr. of Dover, who removed cases of raw chicken from Purdue's plant with the help of 44-year-old Lloyd K. Dukes of Felton, and 40-year-old Kenneth W Smith, also of Felton.

According to MPD, once they were off Perdue property, the three would meet up with 37-year-old Loyola Buck at a predetermined location to pick up the chicken in a refrigerated truck. 

During the investigation, MPD determined that this operation cost Purdue over $30,000. They say detectives arrested the four and charged them with the following: 

On 11/17/2022, Buck was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Theft $1500.00 or Greater and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. She was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on her own recognizance with a no contact order with Perdue.

On 11/17/2022, Dukes was arrested and charged with 7 counts of Theft $1500.00 or Greater and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. He was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on his own recognizance, with a no unlawful contact with Perdue.

On 11/18/2022, Jones was arrested and charged with 7 counts of Theft $1500.00 or Greater and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. He was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court 2 where he was issued a secure bail, along with a no contact order with Perdue.

On 11/21/2022, Smith was arrested and charged with 5 counts of Theft $1500.00 or Greater and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. He was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on his own recognizance with a no contact order with Perdue.

MPD says the defendants will appear in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas for a preliminary hearing. 

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