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An alleged burglar is roaming the streets a free man tonight, after posting his bond shortly after being arrested. The suspect is not new to the Wilmington crime scene, either. He is facing charges in seven recent burglaries that cost victims nearly $7,000. Alan Rickenbacker allegedly broke into homes on Acacia Drive, Fenway Lane and Peachtree Avenue. Some homes he has broken into even two or three times. "We are concerned that we can be broken into again. We are concerned that this fellow has a habit, and he is going to continue to go out and break it because he has done it multiple times." said one concerned victim. Victims of alleged burglar Allan Rickenbacker say he got off too easy and Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous agreed. "Problem is he with his record is that's all he's been doing, he's a thief, he's a burglar, his record is as long as my arm.", said Evangelous. Rickenbacker was arrested Friday. His bond was set at $100,000, and a few hours later, he posted bond and was free. "He's back out on the street, he will burglarize again. My biggest fear is that one of these days he is going to break into a house, there is going to be a kid home, sick, and become victimized by these types of activities." Evangelous stated. This is not Rickenbacker's first run in with the law. He was already facing 14 charges of uttering false pretenses - meaning he tried to sell the goods he allegedly stole at a pawn shop. This has victims wondering why he was allowed out on bond. In this case, Rickenbacker was eligible for a $100,000 bond based on his record. Ultimately it is up to the judge to decide where to set bond. Bail bondsman, Raul Brewster, posted Rickenbacker's bond once before. He said it is almost better to have bond set for repeat offenders, so the community does not have to use tax money to keep them in jail. Brewster stated, "Take the load off the state, take the load off the tax payers, we are going to be responsible, and we are going to make sure that he shows up in court."

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