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Locals Rattled by "Rat Burglar" in Kent County

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DOVER, Del. – Days after a string of burglaries committed inside a business complex in Kent county, a worker still feels worried about the building's security despite receiving new locks on the doors.

Ancient Way Massage, located on the second floor of Treadway Towers in Dover, was one of six businesses burglarized between the night of Nov. 4 and early morning of Nov. 5, according to the Dover Police Department.

Cassy Cannon, a massage technician at Ancient Way, said she's more apprehensive about being alone in the building since the break-in.

“I don't know if they're going to implement some sort of new security system or what the plan is," said Cannon.

Cannon said she wasn't there when the office was burglarized but did see the damage done to her office's door after the incident.

“It looks like they pushed something in and tried to wedge it open,” said the massage technician. “There's markings over here on our door where it was kind of split. The door was broken up."

Dover police have dubbed the culprit the “rat burglar” due to the nature in which they break into a building and then tunnel through the walls by drilling holes into the connecting offices.

Cannon said Ancient Way didn't get the worst of it. Another spa owner down the hall had her door significantly damaged as well as a hole drilled into the wall, said the employee.

A sports bar located below the offices was busy Sunday morning a few days after the burglary with bartenders filling bet orders and pints of beer. Outside the bar was Corey Lucas who said for the years he has been a patron of Frazier, he can't recall ever hearing about crime in the building.

"It's pretty bold," said Lucas of the manner in which the crime was carried out. "I mean, I've never heard of anything like that. Most people are smash-and-grab," he said.

According to the police news release, the businesses burglarized are all located on the second floor of Treadway Towers, where the main lobby entrance is also located.

Police said the burglar may have gained access to the building by prying open the window of a door leading to the second story fire escape.

Dover Police are encouraging anyone with information about the burglaries to contact the department's office at (302) 736-7111.

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