Two Arrested, Another Sought for Rehoboth Beach Burglary Spree - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Two Arrested, Another Sought for Rehoboth Beach Burglary Spree

Posted: Updated:
Marco A. Zavala-Zavala Marco A. Zavala-Zavala
Francis B. Ortiz Francis B. Ortiz

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Police have arrested two people and are looking for a third in connection with a string of burglaries that happened n the Rehoboth Beach area. 

Rehoboth Beach police said 18-year-old Marco A. Zavala-Zavala and a 17-year-old male, both from Newark, Del., are facing numerous felony charges.  Warrants have been issued for a third suspect, 22-year-old Francis B. Ortiz of Georgetown, Del., who police said remains at large.   

Police said the investigation began shortly after 3 a.m. March 27 when officers responded to the Purple Parrot on Rehoboth Avenue for a burglary alarm activation.  Upon arrival officers said they discovered that the business had been burglarized and money and alcohol had been stolen from inside.  Investigators said were able to obtain surveillance video that showed Zavala-Zavala and Ortiz were responsible, but their identity was unknown until the events of Sunday, April 3. 

Police said that at around 3 a.m. that Sunday, officers were called to respond to another burglary in the area of Third Street.  Officers contacted the homeowners on scene who stated that they had been awakened by their dogs barking.  The homeowners told officers that they looked to see what was alarming the dogs and they found the front the window of their home open and two laptop computers missing from their office.

Police said that earlier in the evening an officer had contacted three males, one of which was Zavala-Zavala, when he observed them standing on a bench in front of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company attempting to untie the rope attached to the flagpole.  The officer collected their information and later learned that they were staying at the Breakers Hotel. Police said that at around 2:50 a.m., just prior to receiving the burglary call, the same officer saw Zavala-Zavala walking in the area of the Breakers Hotel, within a block of the burglary, carrying an object in his hand that resembled a laptop computer. 

Officers located Zavala-Zavala inside a room at the Breakers Hotel. When officers attempted to take Zavala-Zavala into custody, they said he fought with them, and tried to punch one of the officers. Officers were able to restrain Zavala-Zavala and place him in handcuffs without causing injury, according to investigators. They said the two laptop computers were recovered at the scene of Zavala-Zavala’s arrest.  

Police said a followup investigation revealed that Zavala-Zavala had burglarized two homes and a vehicle, in addition to the Purple Parrot Restaurant & Bar, stealing a television, jewelry, and handbags. Investigators said they also determined that Zavala-Zavala had unsuccessfully attempted to burglarize three other homes within four blocks of the Breakers Hotel causing damage to the homes by cutting screens and breaking a door. The 17-year-old suspect participated in the residential and vehicle burglaries by serving as a lookout for Zavala-Zavala, according to police.

Both Ortiz and Zavala-Zavala were identified as the suspects pictured in the surveillance video from the Purple Parrot Restaurant & Bar burglary, police said. 

Zavala-Zavala was arrested and charged with 15 felony charges to include three counts of second-degree burglary, three counts of attempted second-degree burglary, one count of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, one count of third-degree burglary, six counts of second-degree conspiracy, and one count of theft under $1,500 where the victim is 62 or older.  Zavala-Zavala was also charged with 11 misdemeanor charges to include one count of resisting arrest, three counts of theft under $1,500, one count of attempted theft under $1,500, four counts of criminal mischief under $1,000 property, one count of second-degree trespass, and one count of underage consumption.  He was arraigned in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas and is being held on $76,400 cash bail at the Sussex Correctional Institution.

The 17-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with 12 felony charges to include three counts of second-degree burglary, three counts of attempted second-degree burglary, five counts of second-degree conspiracy, and one ount of theft under $1,500 where the victim is 62 or older. He was also charged with eight misdemeanor charges to include two counts of theft under $1,500, one count of attempted theft under $1,500, four counts of criminal mischief under $1,000 property, and one count of second-degree trespass. He was arraigned in the Sussex County Family Court and was released on $36,000 unsecured bail.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Francis B. Ortiz, charging him with one count of third-degree burglary, one count of second-degree conspiracy, both felony charges, and one count of misdemeanor theft under $1,500.  Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Ortiz is asked to contact Detective Tyler Whitman at (302) 524-1391 or submit a tip through Delaware Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-847-3333 or online at http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.  

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Easton Man Charged With Setting Fire to Own Car

    Easton Man Charged With Arson To Own Car

    Jul 16, 2018 3:06 PM2018-07-16 19:06:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 3:22 PM EDT2018-07-16 19:22:51 GMT
    An Easton man has been arrested for intentionally setting fire to his 2011 Chevy Malibu.More
    An Easton, Maryland, man has been arrested for intentionally setting fire to his 2011 Chevy Malibu, authorities said.More
  • Updated: Teen Charged in Milford Crash That Injured 6

    Milford Crash Shuts Down Route One, Causes Critical Injuries

    Jul 15, 2018 9:08 PM2018-07-16 01:08:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 2:11 PM EDT2018-07-16 18:11:15 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is facing traffic charges in connection with a Sunday evening crash in Milford, Delaware, that injured six people and shut down both directions of Route 1 for several hours.More
    A 16-year-old girl is facing traffic charges in connection with a Sunday evening crash in Milford, Delaware, that injured six people and shut down both directions of Route 1 for several hours. More
  • Delaware Prison Building to be Demolished After Deadly Inmate Uprising

    Del. DOC to Demolish Building Where 2017 Hostage Event Occurred

    Jul 16, 2018 9:58 AM2018-07-16 13:58:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 11:48 AM EDT2018-07-16 15:48:30 GMT
    The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna. (WBOC/Chopper 16)The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna. (WBOC/Chopper 16)
    The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna. (WBOC/Chopper 16)The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna. (WBOC/Chopper 16)
    The Delaware Department of Correction on Monday announced plans to demolish the building at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, known as C Building, which was the site of the Feb. 1-2, 2017 inmate uprising that led to the death of Lt. Steven Floyd.More
    The Delaware Department of Correction on Monday announced plans to demolish the building at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, known as C Building, which was the site of the Feb. 1-2, 2017 inmate uprising that led to the death of Lt. Steven Floyd.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Teen Charged in Milford Crash That Injured 6

    Milford Crash Shuts Down Route One, Causes Critical Injuries

    Jul 15, 2018 9:08 PM2018-07-16 01:08:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 2:11 PM EDT2018-07-16 18:11:15 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is facing traffic charges in connection with a Sunday evening crash in Milford, Delaware, that injured six people and shut down both directions of Route 1 for several hours.More
    A 16-year-old girl is facing traffic charges in connection with a Sunday evening crash in Milford, Delaware, that injured six people and shut down both directions of Route 1 for several hours. More
  • Maryland Man Killed in Millsboro Crash

    Maryland Man Killed in Millsboro Crash

    Jul 15, 2018 8:33 PM2018-07-16 00:33:00 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-07-16 00:33:01 GMT
    MILLSBORO, Del.- A Maryland man is dead after a crash in Millsboro Saturday afternoon. According to the Delaware State Police, around 1:15 p.m., a 48-year-old Laurel woman was driving south on Route 24 near Nine Foot Road with the intention of turning lefMore
    MILLSBORO, Del.- A Maryland man is dead after a crash in Millsboro Saturday afternoon. According to the Delaware State Police, around 1:15 p.m., a 48-year-old Laurel woman was driving south on Route 24 near Nine Foot Road with the intention of turning lefMore
  • Traffic Alert Issued Ahead of Fallen Trooper's Funeral in Lewes on Monday

    Traffic Alert Issued Ahead of Fallen Trooper's Funeral in Lewes on Monday

    Jul 15, 2018 10:25 PM2018-07-16 02:25:00 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 10:31 PM EDT2018-07-16 02:31:56 GMT
    LEWES, Del.- The Delaware Department of Transportation is warning drivers in the Lewes area to expect delays and road closures as a fallen Delaware State Trooper is laid to rest Monday. DelDOT says parts of Route One, Route Nine, and the Five Points interMore
    LEWES, Del.- The Delaware Department of Transportation is warning drivers in the Lewes area to expect delays and road closures as a fallen Delaware State Trooper is laid to rest Monday. DelDOT says parts of Route One, Route Nine, and the Five Points interMore
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices