Dozens of vehicle break-ins in Wilmington

September 28, 2009 3:48:22 PM PDT
Police say more than 30 people have fallen victim to a rash of car break-ins in North Wilmington, Delaware.The crimes happened on Sunday and Monday, and the number of victims is still being determined. Investigators say there may be as many as 60 victims.

In these cases, police say the car windows were smashed out and various items inside were stolen.

Due to the similarities, police believe the cases are connected.

The locations of the incidents so far are:

  • Foreword Manor Nursing Home, 1912 Marsh Road, Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Sunrise Assisted Living Nursing Home, 2215 Shipley Road, Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Brandywine Hundred Apartments, 400 Foulk Road, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Top of the Hill Apartments, 2101 Prior Road, Wilmington, Delaware.

Not only did many of the victims lose their personal belongings, but time and money as well.

"I had to take off work today because I had to stay at home and wait for somebody to fix it," said Kevin Jester of the Brandywine Hundred Apartments.

It costs upwards of $200 to replace a window, which is below the average insurance deductible, so it's out of pocket.

The cost is especially tough for the seniors on fixed income.

However, it was a windfall for the window repair guys, who had to call in reinforcements.

Unfortunately for investigators, the smash and grabs all happened in parking lots without video surveillance.

Anyone with information pertaining to these cases is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) Tip-3333.

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