Last Friday, 38-year-old Alex Sczcytkowski of Millsboro and 31-year-old Dale Parker of Elkton, Md., were arrested by the Delaware State Police after receiving tips the two were inside an unoccupied residence, allegedly committing a burglary.
According to police, two concerned citizens who witnessed the suspected residential burglary in the 62000 block of Bay Farm Road in Millsboro on Dec. 6 offered information that led to the arrest of the two men.
“They were neighbors who were aware of recent burglaries,” said Cpl. John Day, public information officer for the Delaware State Police.
The DSP received two calls regarding two men who were inside of an unoccupied residence. A responding trooper entered the residence’s locked, fenced back yard and, they said, found Parker standing by the rear door of the residence, holding a stick that he had allegedly used as a pry tool. He was taken into custody without incident, police said.
Police used the descriptions provided by the witnesses and were able to locate the second alleged burglar, Sczcytkowski, in a nearby parking lot.
According to Day, troopers were able to determine that Parker and Sczcytkowski had allegedly stolen jewelry from the residence.
Troop 4 detectives, he said, were also able to link Sczcytkowski to 12 other burglaries that have occurred since September, in which electronics, cash and jewelry were taken. The residential burglaries occurred in the Millsboro and Long Neck areas.
“Detectives linked Sczcyktowski by his method of operation and other evidence,” said Day. “Some electronics have been recovered. Detectives are working to identify the victims who own the items.”
Parker was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, Possession of Burglary Tools, Theft Under $1,500 Where the Victim is 62 or Older, and Conspiracy Second Degree. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institute for lack of $10,000 secured bail.
Sczcyktowski was charged with 13 counts of Burglary Second Degree, three counts of Possession of Burglar Tools, seven counts of Theft Over $1,500, Theft Under $1,500 Where the Victim is 62 or Older, Conspiracy Second Degree, five counts of Theft Under $1,500, two counts of Attempted Theft Under $1,500 and 11 counts of Criminal Mischief Under $1,000. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institute for lack of $36,000 secured bail.
Day said that alarms, among other precautions, may help residents be proactive in preventing burglaries.
“Besides securing the home, alerting neighbors is one of the most effective means of preventing burglaries. A neighbor can be your eyes and ears while you’re away.”
He added that the public should not hesitate to contact police if they see suspicious activity.