Delaware State Police probe an outbreak of residential break-ins

State troopers are investigating a series of residential burglaries in western Sussex County

An estimated 25 burglaries have been reported in the area since September.  In each case, suspects were able to get into a residence which was not occupied at the time and got away with electronics, jewelry and other items.  The main area affected is west of SR 404 to the Maryland state line.  Authorities in Dorchester and Caroline Counties in Maryland have also reported an increase in residential burglaries.  No arrests have been made.



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Police offer this advice to residents throughout the state:

Lock all doors and windows when you are at home or away.
Invest in a residential security system and place an alarm company sign or “beware of dog” sign in your front yard.
Engrave and photograph all of your valuables.
Do not allow mail or newspapers to accumulate.
Always give the appearance that someone is home.
Be a nosey neighbor. Look out for suspicious activity. If you notice something that just does not feel right, call 9-1-1 immediately.

The Delaware State Police are asking anyone who may have any information in reference to these incidents to contact Detective John McColgan at 302-856-5858 ext. 211 or Detective Scott Gray at 302-856-5850 ext. 216. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).  Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at

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