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Frankford Uber driver faces burglary charges

February 16, 2017
Saddam Awadallah/DELAWARE STATE POLICE PHOTO

A Frankford man, and an Uber driver, faces charges after police say he stole items from homes after giving residents rides elsewhere.

Saddam A. Awadallah, 26, drove a white 2004 Toyota Sienna van for Uber and would transport patrons from their homes to businesses and restaurants in the Ocean City and Dewey Beach areas, said Sgt. Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police.

Police began investigating Awadallah in August after linking him to several burglaries in the Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island areas, Bratz said.

Bratz said Awadallah would return to homes after dropping residents off, and he would take credit cards, computers, watches, cellphones, tablets, sunglasses and other items.

Police in Tennessee apprehended Awadallah and he was extradited to Delaware on Feb. 13. He was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, theft of a victim 62 or older, 11 counts of theft and criminal mischief. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $31,000 secured bond.

These incidents remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police, and detectives ask anyone who may have been a victim or may have any information in reference to these incidents to contact Detective T. Powell at 302-752-3807. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword DSP.