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Rehoboth Man Arrested for Fitness Center Car Break-Ins

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Kenneth W. Tolodziecki Kenneth W. Tolodziecki

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – The man responsible for breaking into cars in local fitness club parking lots over the past three weeks has now been arrested, according to Delaware State Police.

Troopers say they identified Kenneth W. Tolodziecki, 38, of Rehoboth, as the thief.

After receiving multiple theft reports dating back to Jan. 11, troopers in Lewes conducted surveillance Wednesday in the parking lots of three fitness centers: the YMCA on Church Road, the Club Fitness in the Rehoboth Mall and Rehoboth Cross Fit.

While doing so, they say they noticed the same silver Dodge Status at Club Fitness in the early hours of the morning and then two hours later at the YMCA. According to police, a check on the car's registration revealed the tags were expired. Troopers say as the car turned onto Coastal Highway, they conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Tolodziecki.

When he could not provide a driver's license, insurance or registration, troopers conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered two spark plugs in the drivers' side door that were altered in order to make an improvised device commonly used to break automobile windows, Delaware State Police say. In all of the reported incidents, a window had been smashed.

Police took Tolodziecki into custody. Back at Troop 7 they learned he was staying at Sea Esta IV on Coastal Highway, police say. While searching the area of his room, troopers located a purse that had been reported stolen from a vehicle in the Club Fitness parking lot earlier that morning.

Troopers subsequently charged Tolodziecki with seven counts of burglary, possession of burglary tools, six counts of theft, seven counts of criminal mischief and various traffic offenses. He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $23,400 cash bond.

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