Police make arrest in downtown robberies

By Ronald MacArthur

Time has run out for the downtown bandit. Seaford Police arrested Rasean Sudler, 21, of the 100 block of Arch Street, Seaford, early Monday morning and charged him with varous counts relating to the burglary spree in downtown Seaford and Blades over the past month. According to Seaford Police Department public information officer Capt. Gary Flood, at 5:50 a.m. on Monday, officers responded to an alarm at Donn’s Hair Alternative on Pine Street. The shop had been robbed again and entrance was made by breaking a window and a small amount of cash had been taken from the register. He had also broken into the Seaford Florist shop in Blades. Capt. Flood said that information has been turned over to the Blades Police Department. “From information gathered at the scene and area, officers were able to obtain a description of the suspect and a search of the area revealed that the subject was walking on Woolford Street,” Capt. Flood said. At approximately 6:55 a.m. Seaford Police officers stopped Sudler on the street for questioning. They found a loaded semi-automatic pistol on him and he was arrested and taken to the Seaford Police Department. After an interview with detectives, Sudler was charged with the following:
  • nine counts of theft under $1,000;
  • two counts each of attempted burglary, theft of a firearm, and attempted theft under
    $1, 000;
  • one count each of possession of a burglar’s tools, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
11 counts of burglary and criminal mischief; Sudler was being held pending a bond hearing.
Linda Corcoran joins with other businesses owners in the downtown Seaford-Blades area to breath a sigh of relief today. Seaford Police made an arrest and they have the person they feel is responsible for the month-long burglary spree that hit several businesses more than once. With most of the attention focused on the downtown Seaford area as the target of a series of burglaries over the past three weeks, the Blades business owner said she was robbed three times. Corcoran, owner of Seaford Florist on the Blades Causeway, said that her shop had been broken into three times over the past three weeks - most recently on the night of Nov. 26 and then again on the night of Nov. 30. She even knows the exact time because the shop’s alarm went off at 11:45 p.m. during the second break-in. The three break-ins have cost her business in excess of $1,000 in repairs to wires the thief or thieves cut in the two break-ins. The shop’s telephone, Teleflora, computer, and alarm lines were cut in the first break-in. During the second burglary, lines were cut but the alarm wire was missed, and during the third burglary the shop’s alarm box was destroyed. Corcoran said that she was not aware of the burglary problem until after her business was broken into. “I’m really disgusted,” she said. “Why were they keeping it quiet? If I had only known that this was going on I would have never left any money in the shop.” She said that several hundred dollars in cash was stolen the first time including the employees’ tip money they had been saving to have a company breakfast. “I know we should not have that kind of money in the shop but we have never had a problem before and we have an alarm,” she said. She said that entry into the shop was made through the same window. “Because of the size of the window and it’s a 10-foot drop from the window to the floor, the person had to be tall and slender,” she said. “We have a piece of wood across the window now,” she added. She said that her employees were on edge. “Getting into the Christmas season we work a lot of nights. We were leaving in pairs. It’s ridiculous - it’s a shame to be this paranoid, this is Blades for goodness sakes,” she said. Across the Nanticoke River in Seaford, there had been more than 10 burglaries since Oct. 29. In response to the burglaries, the Seaford Police Department increased patrols in downtown, both by car and on foot. Patrolling officers were in uniform as well as plain clothes. The department met with representatives of the Seaford Downtown Association on Nov. 7. On Nov. 11, an officer visited businesses along High Street to inform them of the burglaries.

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