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The primary objectives of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department are to preserve life and property, enforce all federal, state, and local laws in an impartial manner, and maintain a safe and peaceful environment for the residents and guests of the city.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is dubbed the "Nation's Summer Capital" due to the large influx of tourists from the Washington, DC area.   The Rehoboth Beach Police Department currently employs 17 full-time police officers and 9 full-time dispatchers. We also employ seasonal police officers to augment our full-time staff during the busy tourist season.

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Ade Smith, 38, of Chester, Pa. and Timothy Lunn, 54, of Vestal, Ny. were arrested Thursday on multiple charges related to suspected drug dealing concluding a three day investigation by the Rehoboth Beach Police Department originating from a suspicious package complaint. 

On Tuesday, June 23rd at around 10:30am Rehoboth Beach Police were called to the Brighton Suites in the second block of Wilmington Avenue for a report of a suspicious package containing suspected illegal drugs.  Upon arrival police were presented with an open package delivered by the United States Postal Service to the Brighton Suites to the attention of a registered guest, Timothy Lunn.  Due to the manner in which the package labeled, hotel staff believed the package was intended for the hotel and opened it discovering the drugs. 

The subsequent investigation revealed that the package contained a large quantity of suspected cocaine and paraphernalia consistent with drug dealing.  A search warrant was obtained for Lunn’s room and registered vehicle and additional items furthering the suspicions of drug dealing were located. 

During the course of the investigation Ade Smith, a guest staying with Lunn, approached the front counter of the hotel on multiple occasions attempting to retrieve the package representing himself as Lunn.  When contacted by hotel staff and advised the package had been delivered, Smith came to the lobby and took custody of a package designed to replicate the one containing the drugs.  Both Smith and Lunn were arrested and taken into custody. 

On Wednesday, June 24th investigators were once again contacted by the staff of the Brighton Suites who reported that another package had been delivered for Lunn.  A search warrant was obtained for the package and officers discovered that the package contained a felony quantity of suspected MDMA pills, as well as, suspected methamphetamine.         

Lunn was arrested and charged with the following felonies; 1 count of possession with intent to deliver a tier 3 quantity controlled substance, 1 count of possession of a tier 1 quantity controlled substance, and 2 counts of felony conspiracy. In addition, Lunn was charged with multiple misdemeanors to include; 2 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia not related to a personal use quantity of marijuana and 1 count of possession of a controlled substance.

Lunn was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $52,500 cash bail.  

Smith was arrested and charged with the following felonies; 1 count of possession with intent to deliver a tier 3 quantity controlled substance, 1 count of possession of a tier 1 quantity controlled substance, and 2 counts of felony conspiracy. In addition, Smith was charged with multiple misdemeanors to include; 2 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia not related to a personal use quantity of marijuana and 2 count of possession of a controlled substance.

Smith was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $53,000 cash bail.

Release by PIO Lt. Jaime Riddle.   

June 27th, 2020

Early Saturday afternoon the Rehoboth Beach Police Department was alerted by internal law enforcement resources to an inappropriate, racially based post on a social media platform by one of its off-duty seasonal employees. While the post has been widely circulated, we will not amplify this type of...

June 9th, 2020

In the 17 th modification of his COVID-19 State of Emergency Declaration, Governor Carney opened Delaware beaches and boardwalks on May 22 nd , 2020 with the regulation that face coverings are required on boardwalks. Since that time the Rehoboth Beach Police Department has made numerous efforts to...