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Newark Police warn residents after second string of vehicle burglaries in Abbotsford

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Newark Police often use this sign to remind people to lock their cars to avoid being victimized.

For the second time in less than a month, police are investigating a string of vehicle burglaries in the Abbotsford neighborhood of Newark.

The latest incidents came overnight Tuesday into Wednesday in the community located off Barksdale Road near the state line, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

More than a dozen vehicles were burglarized on Abbotsford Lane, Alford Court, East Galloway Court and Nethy Lane, and the thief or thieves stole items from inside most of them.

“There was no apparent force used to enter the vehicles and no reports of damage,” Rubin said. “It appears as if all vehicles were unlocked.”

A credit card stolen from one of the vehicles was used to make fraudulent online purchases before the victim was even aware of the theft, Rubin said.

Police believe there are additional victims as well and urge them to call NPD’s non-emergency line at 302-366-7111.

The burglaries came just two weeks after police arrested four teens – boys ages 13, 14 and 15 from Wilmington and a 17-year-old girl from Newport – in connection to vehicle burglaries in Abbotsford and Cherry Hill on May 6.

The boys, who were already out on bail for prior felony arrests, were turned over to the New Castle County Detention Center after failing to post bail. The girl was released on unsecured bail.

Rubin once again urged Newarkers to keep their vehicle doors locked.

“We must strongly remind the public to lock their vehicle doors,” he said. “We cannot stress the importance of ensuring that your vehicle doors are locked before you go to bed. This simple nightly routine can protect your property.”

Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact Cpl. Jon Lee at 302-366-7100, ext. 3462, or jlee@newark.de.us.

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