Police: Dover-area home invasions might be connected

DOVER —A recent surge of home invasions — five in four days — might include connected incidents, police said Friday as investigation continued.

State and city police reported four early-morning break-ins in Dover and another in Felton between Sunday and Wednesday, all with unknown suspects.

The agencies coordinated efforts and are seeking the public’s assistance in adding any possible leads.

“We are exploring the obvious possibility that the recent rash of home invasions are related and are also working with our partners at Delaware State Police to share information from our cases in an effort to solve these cases quickly” said Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

The crime wave began early Sunday morning in Dover. That’s when two black men, one armed with a black/silver handgun, entered an apartment in the 200 block of Cecil Street between 12:30 a.m. to 12:50 a.m., police said. After ransacking the apartment, the men fled with a victim’s keys, cell phone, and wallet, leaving in a black 2015 Kia Soul vehicle with a Delaware license plate PC36265.

Other incidents included:

• Tuesday at approximately 12:23 a.m. in the 100 block of Sandalwood Drive in Felton. A male resident and his girlfriend, both 22, told Delaware State Police they were awakened by the loud noise of suspects entering their residence. Four masked suspects with guns forced their way through the front door, authorities said.

Police said drugs and money were demanded and the suspects left with an electronic game console, a small safe and wallet.

A 2-year-old child was present during the incident, according to investigation. No injuries were reported.

• On Tuesday at 1:36 a.m. in the unit block of Kentwood Drive in Dover. State Police found a 58-year-old female resident and her 32-year-old daughter and were told that three masked suspects had forced entry through the front door. At least one had a handgun, the victims reported.

Police said the suspects stole drug paraphernalia and cigarettes before leaving in an unknown direction. No injuries were reported.

The suspects in both incidents investigated by State Police could only be described as males, wearing dark colored clothing, with masks covering their faces and displaying firearms.

• Tuesday at 1:55 a.m. in the 100 block of Teak Court in Dover. Police said three to four black men reportedly yelled “Dover Police” when kicking in the front door of a residence. A family dog charged toward the door, police said, and the suspects fled east toward the Lexington Glen Development, police said. No entry was made, police said.

• Wednesday between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. in the 900 block of Woodcrest Drive in Dover. Police were told that a man was leaving his residence when approached by two black men, one armed with a black and silver handgun. The suspects demanded money, authorities said, and forced victims to lay on the floor.

Stolen items included two XBOX game systems, jewelry, wallet, clothing, cellular phones, and vehicle keys. Police said the victims were afraid to get up, believing the suspects were still in the apartment, and delayed reporting the break-in.

“Once they got up, they discovered their cellphones had been stolen and had to notify police using a neighbor’s phone,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

Police said the suspects were described as wearing all black clothing and black masks.

Dover Police ask anyone with information on any of the incidents to call 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at www.tipsubmit.com.

State Police asked anyone with information to contact Detective J. Dear at 698-8540. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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