38-year-old Michael Szambelak, of Croydon, Pennsylvania and 25-year-old Jennell Cohen, of Willingboro, New Jersey
Delaware State Police have arrested two suspects in connection with multiple burglaries in Milton and Lewes.
The investigations began on November 5, when troopers handled multiple burglary reports, first in Milford, at a residence in the 3700 block of Big Stone Beach Road. It was discovered that unknown suspects had forced entry into the residence and removed an undisclosed amount of cash. They also removed the victim’s Jeep from the garage and parked it at the end of the victim’s driveway.
Troopers then responded to a burglary in the 300 block of Scotts Corner Road in Milford, where the suspects gained entry into the victim’s garage and attempted to make entry into the residence. The suspects fled the scene without taking anything.
Three more burglaries were reported November 5 in Lewes. The first occurred at The Light House of Lewes, located at 16759 Coastal Highway, where the suspects forced entry into the business through a window and rummaged through an office desk, leaving without any property.
The second occurred at Tyndall’s Casual Furniture at 16813 Coastal Highway, where the suspects forced entry into the business through a side door and removed an undisclosed amount of cash and business documents.
The third Lewes burglary that night occurred at Meineke Car Care Center at 16753 Coastal Highway, where the suspects removed items from several customers’ vehicles and fled with a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche that was parked on the property.
The incidents continued November 6, when troopers responded to Professionals Services at 14657 Coastal Highway in Milton for an alarm. Unknown suspects had forced entry through a rear door and taken medication. Troopers were able to obtain suspect and vehicle information.
Later that day, the vehicle was spotted on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth, in the area of Sea Air Avenue, with fictitious plates. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver, 38-year-old Michael Szambelak, of Croydon, Pennsylvania, got out of the car and fled on foot. He was soon apprehended. A passenger, 25-year-old Jennell Cohen, of Willingboro, New Jersey, was taken into custody without incident.
Szambelak was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of third-degree burglary, four counts of second-degree conspiracy, five counts of theft, four counts of criminal mischief, two counts of motor vehicle theft, criminal trespass, obtaining a controlled substance by theft, criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and traffic offenses. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $55,003 cash only bond.
Cohen was charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, four counts of second-degree conspiracy, four counts of theft, obtaining a controlled substance by theft, two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of motor vehicle theft and criminal trespass. She was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $5,101 secured bond.