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Two charged in Route 1 burglaries in Lewes

November 7, 2018

Two people face charges after police say they burglarized a series of businesses along Route 1 in Lewes and also Milford and Milton.

The first incident was reported Nov. 5 at a residence in the 3700 block of Big Stone Beach Road, Milford, when someone broke into the home and removed an undisclosed amount of cash, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police. Someone also removed the victim’s Jeep from the garage and parked it at the end of the victim’s driveway.

A second burglary was reported at a home in the 300 block of Scotts Corner Road, Milford, when someone entered a detached garage and then entered an attached garage in order to enter the home, Jaffe said. The suspects fled the scene without obtaining property, she said.

In Lewes, two more burglaries were reported on Nov. 5, the first at The Light House of Lewes located at 16759 Coastal Highway. Jaffe said someone entered the business through a window, and rummaged through an office desk before fleeing the scene with no property. The second burglary was reported at Tyndall’s Casual Furniture, 16813 Coastal Highway after someone broke into a side door and removed an undisclosed amount of cash and business documents before fleeing, Jaffe said.

Also on Nov. 5, Jaffe said, someone removed items from several vehicles parked at Meinieke Car Care Center, 16753 Coastal Highway, then removed a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche that was parked on the property before fleeing.

On Nov. 6, Jaffe said someone broke into a rear door of Professionals Services, 14657 Coastal Highway, Milton, and removed medication and an undisclosed amount of cash prior to fleeing the scene.

Through the investigation, she said, police obtained suspect and vehicle information and spotted the car at 12:53 p.m. Nov. 6.

An Oldsmobile Silhouette with fictitious Pa. registration was traveling on Route 1 in the area of Sea Air Avenue near Rehoboth Beach when police initiated a traffic stop, Jaffe said. The driver, Michael Szambelak, 38, of Croydon, Pa., tried to flee on foot but was caught by police, she said.

A passenger, Jennell Cohen, 35, of Willingboro, N.J., was taken into custody without incident.

Szambelak and Cohen were transported back to Troop 7 and charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree conspiracy, theft and obtaining a controlled substance by theft. Szambelak was also charged with second-degree burglary, motor vehicle theft and other charges.

Both were arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3; Szambelak was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $55,003 cash only bond and Cohen was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in default of $5,101 secured bond