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Break-Ins on the Rise in One Rehoboth Beach Community

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Homeowners from the Camelot Meadows Community say there have been a string of burglaries in their neighborhood. In the aftermath of this, Delaware State Police investigators are searching for a suspect, as neighbors are looking for answers. 

The community is primarily occupied by seasonal residents, who are now out of their homes, for the off-season. DSP said that targeting these seasonal homes is common in coastal communities. 

On Wednesday, WBOC walked the streets of the community with Mark Hartman, a neighbor in the community. He said that there are always break-ins in their community, but he said this year was worse than ever before. 

"These places get broken into..." he said. "It happens occasionally but never at this rate. I mean to have the number we've had in such a short period of time is ridiculous." 

In October, DSP told WBOC there were three burglaries and two attempted burglaries, but Hartman said that number is actually far higher. Hartman said that many home break-ins were consolidated into one police report, leading to a smaller number. He also said that many other neighbors who are out of town have not yet reported the crime to police. 

In total, Hartman said he has counted at least a dozen neighbors who have had their homes broken into in the last couple weeks. 

Corporal Gary Fournier from DSP said that there are steps people can take to avoid this from happening in their communities. 

"A lot of times people can at least contact a neighbor or somebody who they know lives there full time in those neighborhoods," he said. "And they can make sure they're checking on their house as a common occurrence." 

On top of that, Fournier recommended setting timers in homes, when the residents are away for prolonged periods of time, in order to give off the appearance that the home is still occupied. 

Neighbor Terry Buckno said that more enforcement is needed from the state police. 

"People are scared," he said. "Afraid. And they want something done." 

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