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Neighbors Frustrated Over Car Break-Ins

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According to Delaware State Police, the thefts from vehicles occurred in the Angola and Beach Estates (Source: WBOC) According to Delaware State Police, the thefts from vehicles occurred in the Angola and Beach Estates (Source: WBOC)

ANGOLA, Del - Delaware State Police are investigating multiple thefts from cars and trucks at several homes in the area east of Angola. According to police, the suspect or suspects entered approximately 14 of these cars or trucks, stealing electronics and cash. The incidents all took place overnight at the Angola and Beach Estates, south of Angola Road. 

"I woke up this morning," said Bernadette Smythe, who was one of the victims. "And when I came out, my car was in disarray. Upside down. They took everything I had, and threw it around. Back seat, passenger seat."

Police said that the thefts occurred overnight, in between Sunday night and Monday morning. In most cases, the cars or trucks were parked in the victims' driveways or adjacent to their homes. DSP told WBOC that many of the vehicles were unlocked, which they are urging people not to do, day or night. 

Smythe said it's frustrating to see these thefts occur. 

"I work for what I have," she said. "And it's a struggle as it is, and I don't need someone taking what I have." 

Police provided WBOC with the following tips, for avoiding these types of thefts. 

  • Lock your car doors and roll up you windows
  • Close and secure your garage doors.
  • Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle
  • Leave outdoor lights on in the driveway or have security lighting installed
  • Report any suspicious activity to 9-1-1 immediately

If anyone has any information on these incidents, they are asked to contact Troop 7 in Lewes at (302) 644-5020; or (9-1-1 for in progress complaints or emergencies). Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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