State police probe thefts from sheds, detached garages

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. – Over the past several weeks; the Delaware State Police has investigated thefts from various residential sheds and detached garages at several locations ranging from Georgetown to Millsboro.

State police learned that an undetermined number of suspects have been entering various sheds and detached garages stealing items such as power tools, lawn and garden equipment, and in one incident, a 9mm pistol. In most of these cases, the out-buildings were left unsecured.

The Delaware State Police urge people to utilize the following tips:

  •    Lock your shed and garage doors and secure any windows on the buildings.
  •    Record serial numbers of the items stored in the buildings and take pictures of the items for identification purposes.
  •    Leave outdoor lights on in the driveway or have security lighting or alarms installed.
  •    If a large item came in a box as a Christmas present, don’t advertise it by leaving the box out by the trash to be recycled or thrown away. Break down the box and shred it or take the box to a local recycling bin to be discarded.
  •    Report any suspicious activity to 9-1-1 immediately.

If anyone has any information on these incidents, they are asked to contact Troop 4 Property Crimes Unit at 302-856-5850. 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.”

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