Break-in, theft at Fenwick business

Lady Fenwick, a retail clothing and antique jewelry store in Fenwick Island, was the target of vandalism and robbery early Monday morning.

Owner Gerry Garrett said she was notified Monday morning that her store had been burglarized earlier that day. Upon arriving at the establishment, she saw one of the front glass doors shattered and pricey estate jewelry, valued at more than $10,000, missing from its display case. Bracelets and rings had been kept in the display case, which had been completely shattered. A stone rabbit had been thrown through the front door, triggering the store’s alarm and shattering the glass for the criminal’s entry and exit.

In the 14 years that Garrett has run her business, she said, she had never had any problems.

“He must have known what he wanted,” she said, “because nothing else was taken.”

Due to the value of the goods stolen, the Delaware State Police were called in to investigate the burglary.

“The state police said the burglars were in and out in a couple of minutes,” noted Lady Fenwick employee Dee Collins.

The police told Garrett that they may have some suspects, but the case is still under investigation. Police also informed Garrett that they believe one person acted alone in the burglary, but that is not certain. Garrett said the estate jewelry that was taken is hard to come by and is typically found through individual dealers or auctions.

The specific case the burglar broke into is situated around the back of the cashier’s desk in the store, which suggested to Garrett and Collins that the suspect knew what they wanted and where to get it.

“You can’t get your blood pressure up about something like this,” said Garrett. “It happened, and it’s sad that people are doing that around here.”

As a result of the break-in, Garrett said she looked into equipping the store with enhanced security, including cameras.

Lady Fenwick was open by 10 a.m. on Monday.

“You have to be careful with your business,” said Collins. “You can’t assume it won’t happen to you.”