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Rehoboth police seek help to solve car keying

Purple Parrot offers $2,500 reward
By Ryan Mavity | Dec 23, 2013
Photo by: Submitted Five cars were keyed in the area of Purple Parrot Grill on Wilmington Avenue Dec. 18. Owner Hugh Fuller, whose car was among those keyed, has offered a $2,500 reward for more information.

Rehoboth Beach — The Rehoboth Beach Police Department is looking for information about who keyed five cars on Wilmington Avenue Dec. 18.

Det. William Sullivan said the five cars were damaged from 1 to 3 p.m. near Purple Parrot Grill. He said the keyings were all on the passenger side of the cars and caused an estimated $5,000 in damages, about $1,000 per car. Sullivan said no witnesses have come forward.

Purple Parrot has put up a $2,500 reward for information on who keyed the cars. Owner Hugh Fuller said his car was among those keyed, along with several Purple Parrot staff members.

“From what I can tell, and from the direction of the scratches, the person or persons started at the corner of First and Wilmington and went up the street just digging in every car that they came across,” Fuller said.

He said the scratches were deepest from back to front, as if the perpetrator dug into the car and walked away.

“Because all the cars are random and so spread out over the block, I believe this is just a random act of meanness and stupidity, not targeting anyone specifically,” Fuller said.

He said police are looking at videos from the businesses on Wilmington Avenue, and he is optimistic video will lead to an arrest.

“My car is less than two weeks old, and still has temp tags on it. So I was really upset. But that faded from being upset for myself, to seeing the faces of a couple of the other people that looked just defeated during this holiday season and knowing their cars were just as new or just a few months old,” Fuller said. “I went from being mad for what happened to me to being extremely sad for them. One looked about ready to just cry. No one needed this a week before Christmas.”

Fuller said he was personally offering the $2,500 reward and that anyone with more information can remain anonymous. Anyone with more information can contact the Puple Parrot at or call Det. William Sullivan at 302-227-2577.

Rehoboth Beach police are seeking suspects who keyed five cars on Wilmington Avenue Dec. 18. Police estimate the keyings caused $5,000 in damages. (Photo by: Submitted)
Damages to the cars started at the back and moved to the front. (Photo by: Submitted )
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