|Sergeant Paul Shavack
DETECTIVES ARREST TWO FOR RECENT ROBBERIES
DSP News Release: Detectives Arrest Two for Recent Robberies
Locations and Dates:
· Reynolds Cleaners, 7460 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE (Thursday, April 26, 2012)
· Country Maid Deli, 192 Christiana Road, New Castle, DE (Sunday, May 13, 2012)
Defendants, Charges, and Arraignment Information:
Glasgow- Delaware State Police Robbery Unit detectives have arrested two subjects in connection with a pair of armed robberies.
On Thursday, May 17th, detectives arrested Gregory R. Hoyt, 25, without incident at a home in the Alban Park development of Wilmington. He was then charged with the above list of crimes. Hoyt was arraigned at JP Court 2 and committed to the Department of Corrections after failing to post $106,000.00 secured bail. Detectives also took Ashley N. Gravenor, 25, into custody at a home located in the Porter Square development of Bear without incident. She too was arraigned at JP Court 2 and released on $11,000.00 unsecured bail.
Robbery Unit detectives were able to link Hoyt and Gravenor to the armed robberies of the Reynolds Cleaners, located in the 7400 block of Lancaster Pike in Wilmington, which occurred on Thursday, April 26, 2012, as well as the robbery of the Country Maid Deli, located in the 100 block of Christiana Road in New Castle, which occurred on Sunday, May 13, 2012, after reviewing surveillance footage obtained during the investigation of the Reynolds Cleaners robbery. It was learned that a female subject, later identified as Gravenor, was operating a gold or bronze colored Pontiac Grand Am and had parked the vehicle in the lot of the dry cleaners. She then entered the cleaners just prior to the robbery and inquired about employment and cleaning costs. After Gravenor exited the business a male subject, later identified as Gregory Hoyt, entered and committed the robbery. After exiting the cleaners, Hoyt is seen running in the direction of where the Pontiac had been parked.
After further investigation, it was learned that Ashley Gravenor is the owner of a Pontiac matching the description of the one observed in the surveillance footage. It was also learned that Gregory Hoyt was the ex-boyfriend of Gravenor and closely matched the description of the male subject who committed the robbery. Detectives also realized that Hoyt was the same suspect who committed the robbery of the Country Maid Deli. Ashley Gravenor did not take part in the deli robbery.
Released Friday, May 18, 2012 at 9:20 a.m.
Gregory R. Hoyt Ashley N. Gravenor
Original releases of the Reynolds Cleaners and Country Maid deli robberies are below.
DSP News Release: Troopers Investigate Robbery of Dry Cleaners
Date of Occurrence:
Hockessin, DE- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating the armed robbery of a Hockessin area dry cleaner that occurred late yesterday afternoon.
The incident happened at approximately 5:38 p.m. yesterday (4/26) as a male suspect entered the Reynolds Cleaners located in the 7400 block of Lancaster Pike in Hockessin. The suspect displayed a handgun and confronted a 44 year old female employee. The suspect, who was wearing a mask covering his face, then demanded money from the female employee. The employee complied with suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash to him. The suspect then fled from the business and was last seen running toward Lancaster Pike. The victim was not injured.
DSP News Release: Troopers Investigate Deli Robbery, New Castle
Date of Occurrence:
New Castle-Troopers are investigating the robbery of a New Castle deli that occurred late Sunday afternoon.
The incident occurred on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at approximately 5:20 p.m. as a male suspect entered the Country Maid Deli located at 192 Christiana Road, New Castle. The suspect immediately vaulted the sales counter and confronted the 53 year old employee that was located behind the counter. The suspect held an unknown type object against the female victim’s side and demanded money. The victim complied and opened the cash register. The suspect removed an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store on foot. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.
The Delaware State Police are asking anyone who may have any information in reference to this incident to contact the Robbery Unit at Troop 2 at 302-834-2630 ext. 6. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com.