On Monday, February 18, 2013 the Dewey Beach Police Department received a report of a theft of a heat pump from the outside of a residence located on Chesapeake Street. Police have determined the theft occurred between February 13, 2013 and February 18, 2013. Police checked the adjacent properties and did not find where any other heating or air conditioning units had been taken or tampered with.
On Saturday, February 23, 2013 the Dewey Beach Police Department took a criminal mischief report on Saulsbury Street. Investigation into this incident revealed that unknown suspect(s) went behind the residence and used an unknown instrument to cut the copper tubes to the victim's air conditioner unit.
On Monday, February 25, 2013 the Dewey Beach Police Department took a criminal mischief report on Chesapeake Street. Investigation into this incident revealed that unknown suspect(s) used an unknown instrument to cut the copper tube to the victim's air conditioner unit.
On Thursday, February 28, 2013 the Dewey Beach Police Department took a report of a theft of an air conditioner from the outside of a residence located on Chesapeake Street. Victim reports that the theft occurred between Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. and Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. The value of the air conditioner unit is estimated at $ 1,800.00.
Police believe all of the reports to be related. As of today's date police have taken 2 theft reports. Police are investigating the other 2 reports as attempted thefts. Police believe that the units were taken for the copper and other metals contained inside of them. Police are working with surrounding police agencies and the Delaware State Police on leads. Salvage yards are also being contacted. Please contact the Dewey Beach Police Department (302) 227-1110 24/7 if you observe any suspicious activity or have any information in regards to the thefts.
The Dewey Beach Police Department reminds all homeowners to check on your properties or have someone else check. If you have no one to do this, sign up for the Winter Watch program through the police department and ask them to check on your outdoor heating and air conditioning equipment.