Incident #: 50-14-29915 Date: November 5, 2014
Location: Treadway Towers, 9 East Loockerman Street, Dover, DE
Narrative: The Dover Police Department is investigating a string of burglaries within the Treadway Towers complex that occurred between Tuesday, November 4th at 7:30PM and Wednesday, November 5th at 7:24AM. The incidents occurred when the suspect pried open a window to the second floor fire escape door. Once inside the complex, the suspect forced open four interior doors, causing damage to all of them in order to gain access to the specific business/office. Once inside those offices, the suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and/or money orders. The suspect also gained entry to several offices by cutting holes through the drywall connecting the offices. The businesses affected by this incident are 1st Capital Investment, Advantage Travel, Ancient Way Massage, Christopher Asay Massage, Colonial Investment, and Tranquil Spirit Massage and Spa.
This is the 6th incident being investigated that is connected to what Dover Police are now calling the “Rat Burglar” due to the suspects method of cutting holes to enter and/or tunnel through buildings. The following cases are being investigated in addition to the Treadway Towers case:
- Melvin’s Service Center (Later determined to be DE State Police Jurisdiction)
- Maple Dale Country Club
- Manlove Auto Parts
- Woodmill Apartments Leasing Office
- Mapleton Square Apartments (October 7th-No Release Available)
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at http://www.tipsubmit.com.
Officer releasing this information:
Cpl. Mark Hoffman
Public Information Officer