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Unusual Spike in Burglaries in Rehoboth Beach

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- According to Rehoboth Beach Police, the city is on track to have more burglaries this year than in 2014. 

In 2014, Chief Keith Banks said there were eight burglaries in all, while since the new year there have already been five. Both businesses and homes were hit.

One instance was the breaking-and-entering of the Toy and Kite store on the boardwalk, which is closed in the winter. The entire incident was caught on surveillance footage. 

"It's just a small town and we've been in business up there forever," owner Rachel Webster said. "We've had break-ins over the years but just a little bit of shock."

So why is this happening in such big numbers right now? Banks speculates it could be connected with the rising heroin use in the state.

"Usually, when we go ahead and make an arrest and we interview them, a lot of times it's because they're supporting a drug habit," he explained. "So yes, it goes hand-in-hand."

Another local business owner, Alyssa Titus of Azura Clothing, said people often leave their doors open in the small town.

"I always feel very safe in downtown Rehoboth and the surrounding area," she said. "Safe and secure and maybe that's a little bit of a mistake."

Another factor to the robberies is the off-season effect. Many people don't live in town during the winter, and criminals know this. Police said their are safety measures in place beyond locking doors. Banks said if you let officers know you're leaving, they can do security patrol of your home. He also said to make your house look lived in.

Besides the incident at Toy and Kite, recently a big screen TV was stolen from a home on Laurel Street among other home burglaries. Police have solved two of the cases.

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