Rehoboth Beach Police Department

  • Agency: Rehoboth Beach Police Department
  • Address: 229 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, 19971 DE
  • Chief: Keith W Banks (Chief of Police)
Phone: 302-227-2577
Fax: (302) 227-6054
Email:

Rehoboth Beach Police Department is located at 229 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, 19971 DE. The Chief of Police of the department is Keith W Banks. The Rehoboth Beach Police Department phone number is 302-227-2577.

Rehoboth Beach Police Department News

The Veterans Day Ceremony at the Bandstand begins today at 11 am. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the VFW Post Home at 101 State Road. For information, please call 302-227-3469. Thank you Veterans! Today and every single day we salute you for the sacrifice you gave to our nation.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is the Marine Corps’ premier community action program and one of the nation’s flagship Christmas charitable causes. Over the years, it has become a traditional part of the annual Christmas holiday season within communities nationwide. The message of hope delivered through a shiny new toy at Christmas has a positive impact on children, their families, and their communities. The City of Rehoboth Beach will be accepting toy donations during business hours until December 4th. A Toys for Tots Christmas box is in the lobby of City Hall and the Rehoboth Beach Police Department at 229 Rehoboth Avenue. New and unwrapped toys are accepted. https://www.toysfortots.org/

** HARBESON WOMAN ASSAULTS REHOBOTH OFFICER ** Kiona Cypress, 26, of Rehoboth Beach, Del. was charged with resisting arrest Monday (11/05/18) evening after she punched and fled from a Rehoboth Beach Police officer during an investigative stop. At around 6:00pm, Rehoboth Beach Police were call to the Royal Farms in the 400 block of Rehoboth Avenue for a report of a disorderly female outside the store throwing trashcans. Officers arrived to find the store clerk locked inside the store. They learned that prior to their arrival Cypress was seen fighting in the parking lot. Before leaving the area in a vehicle, Cypress reportedly knocked over trashcans and newspaper stands outside the store spreading trash and debris around the exterior. Officers were able to locate and conduct an investigative stop on the vehicle along Rehoboth Avenue Extended in the area of Henlopen Junction. During the stop Cypress, a passenger in the vehicle, punched an officer in the chest and fled on foot into the Henlopen Junction complex. Cypress ran a short distance before being apprehended by a pursuing officer. As the officer was attempting to place her in handcuffs, Cypress kicked him multiple times damaging his uniform. Cypress was eventually handcuffed and arrested, but continued to fight and resist officers throughout the process of her arrest. No one was seriously injured during the incident. Cypress was arrested and charged with 1 count of offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, 1 count of resisting arrest, 1 count of criminal mischief, 1 count of disorderly conduct, and 1 count of failure to comply with taking of fingerprints and photographs. Cypress was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $3,500.00 secured bail.

** UPDATE TO PRIOR RELEASE – DOVER MAN ARRESTED FOR COUNTERFEIT CRIMES – ACCOMPLICE SOUGHT BY POLICE ** Through investigative efforts, the Rehoboth Beach Police Department has identified both subjects captured in the surveillance photos released Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 regarding counterfeit crimes that had occurred in Rehoboth Beach. During the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 Rehoboth Beach Police, with the assistance of the Dover Police Department, located and arrested Rasheed J. Cobb, 21, of Dover, Del. for his involvement in a string of counterfeit crimes committed in August of this year. Cobb is pictured wearing a blue t-shirt and sunglasses in the surveillance photo below. Investigators determined that between August 25th, 2018 and August 27th, 2018, Cobb passed counterfeit one hundred dollar bills at five separate businesses located along or near the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. In return for the counterfeit money Cobb received merchandise and change in the form of U.S. currency. Cobb was arrested and charged with 5 counts of felony first degree forgery, 5 counts of felony second degree conspiracy, and 5 counts of misdemeanor theft under $1500. Cobb was released on $10,000.00 unsecured bail. The second suspect pictured holding the ice cream cone has been identified as Ishmael G. Lamin, 25, of Newark, Del. Rehoboth Beach Police have obtained warrants for the arrest of Lamin for 5 counts of felony first degree forgery, 5 counts of felony second degree conspiracy, and 5 counts of misdemeanor theft under $1500. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Ishmael Lamin is asked to please contact Det. Tyler Whitman at (302) 524-1391 or submit a tip through Delaware Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-847-3333 or online at http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com. Anyone with information can also submit a tip online to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department via our webpage at https://www.cityofrehoboth.com/form/government/departments/police/submit-crime-tip or send us a private message.

** SEAFORD MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING PROPERTY FROM VEHICLES ** Adam Miller, 38, of Seaford, Del. was arrested by Rehoboth Beach Police Wednesday (10/31/18) for warrants stemming from multiple thefts committed on October 21st and 22nd, 2018. On October 23rd, 2018 Rehoboth Beach Police received information from the Seaford Police Department that while conducting a separate investigation they had found property belonging to multiple Rehoboth resident’s among Miller’s belongings. Investigators determined that Miller stole the property when he entered three separate unlocked vehicles parked at residences along Cookman Street and Columbia Avenue. Miller removed personal property, gift cards, and registration documents from the vehicles valued at less than $1500.00. Investigators were able to locate and recover multiple stolen items and return them to the victims. Miller was arrested and charged with 1 count of felony theft under $1500 where victim is 62 years or older and 2 counts of misdemeanor theft under $1500. Miller was released on $4000.00 unsecured bail.

** REHOBOTH MAN APPREHENDED ON WARRANTS FOR VIOLATING NO CONTACT ORDER ** Carl M. Bowen, 38, of Rehoboth, Del. was arrested by Rehoboth Beach Police Wednesday (10/31/18) morning at the Court of Common Pleas for warrants stemming from a September 23rd incident in which he threatened a female with a knife. On Sunday, September 23rd, 2018, Rehoboth Beach Police responded to a residence on Columbia Avenue after a third party caller reported hearing a female yelling for help. Officers were able to locate two female victims on scene. Through investigative means officers were able to determine that, upon returning home, the female victims were confronted by Bowen who was inside the residence. According to witness accounts Bowen was upset and screaming at the victim’s, one of whom Bowen had a No Contact Order with as a result of a previous incident for which he was arrested on August 18th. During the altercation, Bowen is accused of holding a steak knife to this victim’s throat and threatening both victim’s lives. When police arrived, Bowen had fled the scene. A search of the area was unsuccessful; however, warrants were issued for Bowen’s arrest. On Wednesday, October 31st, 2018, Bowen appeared in the Court of Common Pleas in Georgetown, Delaware for trial on charges stemming from the August 18th incident and officers were able to take him into custody without incident. Bowen was arrested and charged with 1 count of felony aggravated menacing, 2 counts of misdemeanor terroristic threatening, and 1 count of offensive touching, also a misdemeanor charge. Bowen was released on $4000.00 unsecured bail.

** NEWARK MAN CHARGED WITH FELONY DUI AFTER COLLIDING WITH PARKED VEHICLE ** Brandan H. Ellwanger, 42, of Newark, Del. was arrested Sunday (10/28/18) afternoon for a third offense of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol after striking a parked vehicle along Rehoboth Avenue westbound and fleeing the scene of the collision. Just before 1:00pm Rehoboth Beach Police responded to the third block of Rehoboth Avenue for a report of a hit and run collision. As a result of an on scene investigation, officers determined that Ellwanger, who was operating a silver Pontiac Torrent with Delaware registration, was attempting to make a u-turn from Rehoboth Avenue eastbound onto Rehoboth Avenue westbound when during the turn his vehicle left the roadway striking a white GMC Yukon parked along the north shoulder of the roadway. Witnesses told police that Ellwanger then backed up and fled the scene west on Rehoboth Avenue. Approximately 40 minutes after the collision, Ellwanger called the police and informed them that he had been involved in a collision. Police responded to his location and determined that he was the individual who had struck the parked vehicle. During their interactions with Ellwanger, officers observed that he showed signs of intoxication. Subsequently, Ellwanger was administered standardized field sobriety tests and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Ellwanger was transported back to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department for further testing at which time officers determined that he had two prior DUI related convictions making this his third offense and a felony. Ellwanger was arrested and charged with 1 count of felony third offense driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, 1 count of leaving the scene of a property damage collision, 1 count of failure to provide information at an accident scene, 1 count of failure to stay in lane, 1 count of failure to have insurance identification, 1 count of failure to have registration card in possession, and 1 count of failure to report change of address. Ellwanger was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $2303.00 secured bail.

Happy Halloween - Public Safety Trunk or Treat Events in Dover and Georgetown https://dsp.delaware.gov/2018/10/27/happy-halloween-public-safety-trunk-treat-events-dover-georgetown/ Halloween is right around the corner and the Delaware State Police would like to remind parents, children, motorists and those handing out treats to remain alert and to stay safe during this Halloween season.

Sometimes medicine cabinets are home to expired prescriptions. But law enforcement agencies offer people a safe place to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs. Saturday marked another “National Drug Take Back Day.” The day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Law enforcement offices across the country participated in the collection. The Rehoboth Beach Police Department collected over 57 pounds of unwanted medications. By turning over unwanted or expired medication, it not only keeps the environment clean but also prevents pills from getting into the wrong hands. Please visit takebackday.dea.gov for more information.

DelDOT Traffic Alert Bridge Repairs Will Require the Closure of SR 1A/Silver Lake Drive WHEN: 7 AM on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 until 5 PM on Friday, November 30, 2018, pending weather. WHERE: SR 1A/Silver Lake Drive (Bridge over Silver Lake) between Lake Drive and Robinson Drive, Rehoboth. WHAT: DelDOT’s contractor, Mumford & Miller Concrete Inc. will be replacing the bridge joints, repairing the adjacent approach asphalt roadway, repairing the timber slab, and making minor concrete deck repairs on the bridge. Detour signage will be posted for motorists.

The Rehoboth Beach Police Department is getting some help to stay fit on the job. Chief Keith Banks accepted a donation from the Country Club Estates Property Owners Association on October 19th of $500. The money will be used to expand the department’s fitness center. Officers say having the fitness center makes it easy to work out before and after their shifts. The exercise equipment is open to officers and civilian employees of the police department. “We are very appreciative of the property owners association,” Chief Banks said. “We have a great working relationship.” For more information about the Country Club Estates Property Owners Association, please visit ccepoa.org.

Rehoboth Elementary 4th graders visited and toured the Rehoboth Beach Fire Department today. Rehoboth Beach police officers were on hand and talked to the students about safety. Thank you to all the kids for a great day!

The Beebe Healthcare Free Flu Clinic will be held this Friday from 8-10 am at the Rehoboth Beach Fire Dept., East Bay, 219 Rehoboth Ave. All clinics are open to adults and are free of charge. Appointments are not required. For more information, please call 302-645-3337.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Lewes-Rehoboth for an amazing evening for the Flags for Heroes Sponsor Appreciation Dinner tonight. Chief Keith Banks joined community members in a celebration of the people who have shaped and inspired us. Each flag honors a person who has made a difference in someone’s life.

The City of Rehoboth Beach has installed two new stop signs at the intersection of Columbia Avenue and Second Street. The signs were added to provide safety to this intersection which is on a busy route. Please use extreme caution while drivers are becoming acquainted with the new signs. Please observe the signs by coming to a full stop before proceeding in a safe manner.

The Rehoboth Beach Police Department is taking back unwanted prescription drugs Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the lobby of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, 229 Rehoboth Avenue. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs go to www.DEATakeBack.com or contact the Rehoboth Beach Police Department at 302-227-2577.

** PENNSYLVANIA MAN CHARGED WITH FELONY DUI OFFENSE ** Gavin A. Coates, 48, of Oxford, Pa. was arrested Friday (09/14/18) evening for a third offense of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol after committing a traffic violation on Rehoboth Avenue. Just after 9:00pm a Rehoboth Beach Police officer observed Coates, who was operating a silver Toyota Camry, making an illegal turn at the intersection of Rehoboth Avenue and Second Street. The officer stopped Coates and upon making contact with him observed signs of intoxication. Coates was administered standardize field sobriety test and subsequently taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol. Coates was transported back to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department for further testing at which time officers determined that Coates had prior DUI related convictions. Coates was arrested and charged with 1 count of felony third offense driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 1 count of failure to obey a traffic control device. Coates was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $2100.00 secured bail.