Local businesses hit by burglaries

The Ocean View Police Department is advising local businesses to be on alert as there have been several burglaries in the area recently.

On April 24, there was a burglary at Coastal Realty, west of the Verizon building (at the corner of Central and Atlantic Avenues), and on April 28, at the offices of Dr. Lois James, a dentist on Route 26 in Ocean View, as well as the offices of Dr. Kim Gallagher in Millville.

On May 2, there were three burglaries — one at PBM Corporation, another at Cabinet Corner and one at Project Resources. There was an attempted burglary at CSI. All are located east of the bridge in Bethany Beach.

According to Chief Ken McLaughlin of the Ocean View Police Department, in addition to the Ocean View burglaries, there have been several in the Millville/Cedar Neck Road areas as well. The Maytag store on Cedar Neck, the Millville Barber Shop, storage units behind Al Casapula’s and Hickman’s Package Store (next to the Maytag store) on Cedar Neck Road have all been burglarized recently. McLaughlin said the assailants have used forced entry and have mostly gotten away with petty cash in all instances.

Lloyd “Billo” Hickman, of Hickman’s Package Store on Cedar Neck Road, has a $5,000 reward out for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

“It’s awful the way they’re going,” he said.

Hickman said his front glass door was broken into at the package store and he believes the assailant climbed under the sensors and went straight back to the office, broke in that door, took about $5,000, and then went out the back door — which is when the alarm went off. His store has been there since 1974 and he was burglarized once before, but this is the second time he has been burglarized in about a month.

“I was hit at the office at my house about three weeks before for about $4,000 to $5,000” he said.

Chief Floyd Toomey, of the Dagsboro Police Department, said they had a burglary April 13 at Pepper Creek Pizza and Subs where a safe was taken, and the last one before that was in October in the same shopping center, Savannah’s Square Shopping Center, at the Verizon store, where a number of phones were taken.

He added that while they were similar in nature to the incidents in Ocean View, he emphasized that there was a six-month span between the two, and was quick to dismiss the Dagsboro incidents as “a rash of burglaries.” Both are active investigations. Anyone that has information on either of these is asked to call the Dagsboro Police Department at (302) 732-3777.

Chief McLaughlin added that while burglaries are usually infrequent in the area, the business community should be aware of the recent activity and diligent in protecting themselves.

“The police and the business community really work well together and we want to make sure you are aware, you are secure and make sure you take your money home at the end of the night,” he said.

He also added that the public should be on the lookout for any suspicious activity and anyone with information is asked to call the Ocean View Police Department at (302) 539-1111 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333