BY DEBBIE WACHTER MORRIS DMORRIS@NCNEWSONLINE.COM





A rash of burglaries at convenience stores and other businesses in the city continued this week. New Castle police Wednesday investigated two overnight burglaries -- at the Red Apple on Wilmington Road and at Cascade Express on Moravia Street. In both instances, the door windows had been smashed for entry and packs of cigarettes were stolen. Police said a news delivery person discovered the Red Apple break-in around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday. The store's cash register and an unknown amount of cigarettes were stolen. Police said packs of cigarettes were strewn all over the floor. A surveillance tape showed two or three men entering the business, police said. Bob Frenz, owner of the Red Apple, said there was only about $8 in the cash register. "They were probably really mad when they got somewhere and found out how much was in it," he said. The cash register, itself, was of value because it was a fairly sophisticated electronic machine, he said, adding, "That was probably the biggest loss we took." Frenz said the brand of cigarettes stolen was Newport. "That has some significance for some reason, but I don't know what." Police were called earlier in the night to Cascade Express at 1302 Moravia St., when the burglar alarm sounded. A window on a door had been broken with a cinder block and packs of Newport cigarettes were stolen from there, too, police said. The intruder used a store bag and grabbed the cigarettes from the shelf, police learned by viewing a videotape. Police had received reports of two similar break-ins at Rote's Market on Arlington Avenue and the Country Mart on Butler Avenue. The Country Fair in Plaza South and Valentino Dairy --amp; Cheese also were burglarized during the past week. In many of those instances, a cinder block was used to break the door windows and cigarettes were taken. "I think at least some of those burglaries are related, if not all of them," Police Chief Tom Sansone said Wednesday. The police have recovered other evidence from the scenes, he added. "We have two suspects in mind," Sansone said, "but we'll know more after we see the surveillance tapes."



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