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Delaware State Police

Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

Troopers Investigate Cell Phone Store Robbery

Date Posted: Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Newark (19713)- Delaware State Police are currently investigating the armed robbery of a Newark area cellular phone store that occurred yesterday evening.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident happened at approximately 6:44 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, as a male suspect entered the Verizon Wireless store located at 379 E. Chestnut Hill Road. The suspect then approached the sales counter where he displayed an unknown make and model handgun and confronted two male employees of the store. He then ordered the employees to turn over cellular phones to him. The employees complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of cell phones. The suspect then exited the store and fled in an unknown direction. The employees were not injured.

The suspect was described as an Hispanic male. He was 5’10” tall, weighed 250-300 lbs., and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and had a black bandana partially covering his face.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact the  Robbery unit at Troop 2 at 302-365-8566. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline

1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at

Released: 061517 1447



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