Police seeking suspect connected in two Dewey home invasions

Both incidents occurred early Tuesday, May 27
May 28, 2014

Delaware State Police are asking the public for any information regarding a pair of burglaries with similar patterns that occurred between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., Tuesday, May 27 in Dewey Beach.

Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the first incident was reported around 4:08 a.m. in the 200 block of Swedes Street after the 21-year-old female victim was awakened to the sound of an intruder.

The suspect was described as a white male standing approximately 6 feet tall with short hair, said Fournier. The suspect was in the victim’s bedroom and fled the scene with the victim's purse and cell phone when he was detected, said the trooper.

While investigating the first complaint, said Fournier, another call was received at approximately 4:57 a.m. reporting a break in at the 21000 block of Elizabeth Avenue. The 40-year-old male victim gave chase to the suspect after his wife woke to the sounds of the intruder, said Fournier.

In this case, the suspect fled south, jumping a neighbor's fence and continuing toward Dewey Beach, said Fournier. The suspect removed an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police reports said it was determined through the second investigation that a similar description of a white male had entered both houses.

If anyone has any information in reference to these incidents, they are asked to contact Detective D. Cathell at 302-856-5850, Ext. 214 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."