Delaware State Police, in partnership with the Bethany Beach Police Department, arrested a Frankford man in the culmination of a six-month investigation into multiple burglaries in Sussex County.

The initial investigation began in August 2016, as Delaware State Police Burglary Unit Detectives were able to link the suspect, 26-year-old Saddam A. Awadallah, of Frankford, to multiple burglaries in the Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island areas. Their investigation revealed that Awadallah drove a white Toyota Sienna van and worked for Uber, transporting people from their residences to local area businesses and restaurants in the Ocean City and Dewey Beach areas. After dropping off his passengers, he would return to their vacant homes to steal various items, including credit cards, computers, watches, cell phones, tablets, sunglasses and more.

Awadallah was apprehended in Tennessee and extradited back to Delaware on Feb. 13, where he was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, theft with a victim 62 years or older, eleven counts of theft and criminal mischief. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $31,000 secured bond.

These incidents remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police and detectives are asking anyone who may have been a victim or may have any information in reference to these incidents to contact Detective T. Powell at 302-752-3807. If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Detective T. Powell at 302-752-3807. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”