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String of Burglaries in a Dover Shopping Center

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The rear door of Coin Laundry that the burglar used to enter the business. (Photo: WBOC) The rear door of Coin Laundry that the burglar used to enter the business. (Photo: WBOC)
The Walker Road Shopping Center where a string of burglaries happened early Friday morning. (Photo: WBOC) The Walker Road Shopping Center where a string of burglaries happened early Friday morning. (Photo: WBOC)
Police say China King was broken into through the front door. (Photo: WBOC) Police say China King was broken into through the front door. (Photo: WBOC)
Coin Laundry was broken into through the rear door, according to police. (Photo: WBOC) Coin Laundry was broken into through the rear door, according to police. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- A string of burglaries happened early Friday morning on a Walker Road shopping plaza in Dover. Three of the five businesses were broken into, according to police.

Dover police say they believe the break-ins happened sometime between 11:30 p.m. Thursday and 5:43 a.m. Friday.

The businesses broken into are Romano's Italian Pizzeria, Coin Laundry, and China King on in the Walker Road Shopping Center.

At China King, a person broke in through the front door of the business and took money and $350 worth of frozen shrimp, according to police. They say the business suffered approximately $800 in damages.

Coin Laundry is a laundromat in the plaza, and a person broke in by prying open the back door, according to Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman, a spokesman for the department. Hoffman says the person stole money and ran away after causing approximately $800 in damage.

Information from the police department says the third business broken into was Romano's Italian Pizzeria. Hoffman says the person broke in through the front door and took money from a cash register. An alarm reportedly went off, and the person ran away. About $600 in damage was done to that business, according to Hoffman.

The police department believes one person could be responsible.

"They were all conducted by the same person, we believe, as the method of operation of method of entry is essentially the same," Hoffman said. "They pried open the front of the rear doors with an unknown tool, and they entered the businesses."

Bina Patel works at the One Stop Convenience Store in the plaza. She says she was broken into once before, but she has a metal security screen that goes over her doors and windows so no one can enter or even see inside when the business is closed.

"Oh yes, I'm glad it wasn't me," she said. "Because it costs a lot of money and time."

Police have yet to find the person responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302) 736-7111.

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