PA, NJ suspects arrested after string of break-ins in Milford and coastal areas

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Delaware State Police have arrested two suspects in connection with multiple burglaries of businesses and residences in Milford and Coastal Sussex County.

The investigations began on November 5 when troopers received multiple burglary reports.

The first incident was reported at aresidence in the 3700 block of Big Stone Beach Road, Milford.

The suspect or suspects had forced entry into the residence and removed an undisclosed amount of cash.

A residential burglary also occurred in the 300 block of Scotts Corner Road, Milford, where the suspect or suspects attempted to break into the home but were unsuccessful

Two more burglaries were reported on November 5.

The first was reported at The Light House of Lewes at 16759 Coastal Highway, Lewes. The investigation revealed that the suspect(s) forced entry into the business through a window.

Once inside, the suspect or suspects rummaged through an office desk and fled the scene without obtaining property.

The second incident was reported at the Tyndall’s Casual Furniture located at 16813 Coastal Highway, Lewes.

The investigation revealed that the suspect or suspects forced entry into the business through a side door and removed an undisclosed amount of cash and business documents prior to fleeing the scene.

Also on November 5, troopers were called to the Meinieke Car Care Center located at 16753 Coastal Highway, Lewes,for a report of a theft complaint.Theinvestigation revealed that the suspect or suspects removed items from several customers’ vehicles. The suspect or suspects also moved a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche that was parked on the property prior to fleeing the scene.

On November 6, Troopers responded to Professionals Services located at 14657 Coastal Highway, Milton.It was discovered that someone entered through a rear door and removed medication and an undisclosed amount of cash prior to fleeing the scene.

Troopers obtained suspect and vehicle information linked to the crimes.

On November 6, at 12:53 p.m., troopers saw the suspects’ vehicle an Oldsmobile Silhouette with fictitious Pennsylvania registration traveling on Coastal Highway in the area of Sea Air Avenue, Rehoboth Beach.

The driver exited the stopped vehicle and a foot pursuit ensued.

The driver was subsequently apprehended and identified as 38-year-oldMichael Szambelak of Croydon, PA. A passenger was located in the vehicle and identified as 35-year-old Jennell Cohen of Willingboro, NJ. Cohen was taken into custody without incident.

Szambelak and Cohen were transported back to Troop 7.

Szambelak was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex CorrectionalInstitution on $55,003 cash only bond

Cohen was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and taken to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, New Castle, on $5,101 secured bond.

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