Out of state suspects charged with burglaries

Michael Szambelak

MILFORD/LEWES — A 38-year-old Pennsylvania man and 35-year-old New Jersey woman were arrested in alleged connection with multiple recent burglaries, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Investigation began Monday when police received multiple burglary reports, beginning at a residence in the 3700 block of Big Stone Beach Road in Milford. Another report came from the 300 block of Scotts Corner Road, police said.

In Lewes the same day, burglaries were reported at The Light House of Lewes at 16759 Coastal Highway and Tyndall’s Casual Furniture at 16813 Coastal Highway. A theft complaint at the Meinieke Car Care Center at 16753 Coastal Highway followed, police said.

On Nov. 6, according to police, an alarm alerted troopers to a break-in at Professional Services at 14657 Coastal Highway in Milton.

Troopers investigated and gathered suspect and vehicle information, police said.

On Tuesday at approximately 12:53 p.m., troopers observed the suspect’s vehicle an Oldsmobile Silhouette with fictitious 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, police said. The driver was subsequently apprehended and identified as Michael Szambelak of Croydon, Pennsylvania. A passenger was located in the vehicle and identified as Jennell Cohen of Willingboro, New Jersey. She was taken into custody without incident.

Jennell Cohen

Mr. Szambelak was charged with a combined six counts of second- and third-degree burglary, four counts each of second-degree conspiracy and criminal mischief, five counts of theft, two counts of motor vehicle theft, criminal trespass, obtaining a controlled substance by theft, criminal impersonation, resisting arrest, driving without a valid license and other traffic related offenses. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $55,003 cash only bond.

Ms. Cohen was charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, four counts of second-degree conspiracy, four counts of theft, obtaining a controlled substance by theft, two counts each of criminal mischief and motor vehicle theft and criminal trespass. She was arraigned before JP Court 3 and committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle $5,101 secured bond.

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