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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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Paul B. Croft 3rd, 54, of Lewes, Del. was arrested Monday (08/17/20) afternoon on felony theft warrants stemming from an incident that occurred on July 31st, 2020 outside the Royal Farms located in the 400 block of Rehoboth Avenue.  

During the early evening hours of July 30th, 2020 the 80 year old female victim parked her beach cruiser style bicycle along a white privacy fence outside Royal Farms securing it in place with a bicycle lock. The following morning on the 31st, she awoke to find the lock broken and the bike missing.  Through the use of surveillance footage and eye witness information Rehoboth Police were able to identify Croft as the perpetrator. A warrant was issued for Croft’s arrest and he turned himself in on Monday afternoon.

Croft was arrested and charged with 1 count of felony theft under $1500 where the victim is 62 years of age or older and 1 count of misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Croft was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.

The bicycle has not been recovered at this time.    

Release by PIO Lt. Jaime Riddle. 

August 5th, 2020

Patricio A. Bautista, 33, of Millsboro, Del. was arrested late Monday (08/03/20) evening for his fifth offense of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol after he was stopped for committing a traffic violation. At around 11:00pm, a Rehoboth Beach Police officer observed Bautista, who was...

June 29th, 2020

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 23 rd at...