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Two Arrested in Eastern Sussex County for String of Burglaries

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Jennell Cohen & Michael Szambelak Jennell Cohen & Michael Szambelak

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested two people in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred in eastern Sussex County.

The investigation began on Nov. 5, when state troopers handled multiple burglary reports. The first incident was reported at a home in the 3700 block of Big Stone Beach Road, Milford.  It was discovered that unknown suspect(s) had forced entry into the home and removed an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect(s) also removed the victim’s Jeep from the garage and parked it at the end of the victim’s driveway.

Troopers took another report of a residential burglary that occurred in the 300 block of Scotts Corner Road, Milford, where the suspect(s) gained entry into the victim’s detached garage, made entry into an attached garage and attempted to make entry into the residence. The suspect(s) fled the scene without obtaining property.

Two more burglaries were reported on that day. The first was reported at The Light House of Lewes, located at 16759 Coastal Highway, Lewes. The investigation revealed that the suspect(s) forced entry into the business through a window. Once inside, the suspect(s) went through an office desk and fled the scene without obtaining property. The second was reported at the Tyndall’s Casual Furniture, located at 16813 Coastal Highway, also in Lewes. The investigation revealed that the suspect(s) forced entry into the business through a side door and removed an undisclosed amount of cash and business documents prior to fleeing the scene.

On the same day, troopers responded to the Meinieke Car Care Center located on Coastal Highway in Lewes, for a report of a theft complaint.  The investigation revealed that the suspect(s) trespassed onto the property and removed items from several customers’ vehicles. The suspect(s) also removed a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche that was parked on the property prior to fleeing the scene.

The next day, troopers responded to the Professionals Services also on Coastal Highway in Milton, for an alarm. It was discovered that unknown suspect(s) had forced entry through a rear door and removed medication and an undisclosed amount of cash prior to fleeing the scene.

Troopers obtained suspect and vehicle information after investigation.

On Nov. 6, at approximately 12:53 p.m., Troopers watched the suspect vehicle an Oldsmobile Silhouette with fake Pennsylvania registration traveling on Coastal Highway in the area of Sea Air Avenue, Rehoboth Beach.  A traffic stop was initiated and the operator exited the vehicle and a foot pursuit ensued.  The driver was subsequently captured and identified as 38-year-old Michael Szambelak of Croydon, Pennsylvania.  A passenger was located in the vehicle and identified as 35-year-old Jennell Cohen of Willingboro, New Jersey.  Cohen was taken into custody without incident.

Both were charged with multiple felonies including burglary and theft. Szambelak is being held on just over $55,000 cash only bond at the Sussex Correctional Institution while Cohen is being held on just over $5,100 secured bond at Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution.

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