Arrests Made in Weekend Robbery Spree 4-30-2014
Update: The Dover Police Department has arrested two suspects in connection with a weekend robbery spree that saw 3 Dover businesses robbed in a 9-hour span. The break in the case came when detectives recovered the hand written note used in the robbery of Jolly Joe’s Liquors on White Oak Road. The Dover Police Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit was able to lift a fingerprint from the note and forwarded it to the Delaware State Police Bureau of Identification for analysis. The fingerprint was positively identified as belonging to Cameron Gibbs (26). Detectives began looking into Gibbs criminal history and noticed that he was involved in numerous incidents with his children’s mother, Aliya Peterson (33). Detectives contacted Peterson and she was brought in to the Dover Police Department for questioning. Peterson arrived, wearing the same “black puffy coat” that was seen in surveillance photos of the robberies, and described by the robbery victims. Peterson also arrived to the police department, driving the gold-colored vehicle that was seen at the Days Inn robbery. During questioning, Peterson confessed to detectives, that she was the suspect in the 3 robberies that occurred in Dover, and that Gibbs was the person who hand wrote the robbery note.
Gibbs was also contacted by the Dover Police Department and questioned as well. Gibbs admitted to hand writing the notes used in the robberies and also confessed to his involvement of a recent robbery of Mike’s Market, located on South Governors Avenue. That case is being investigated by the Delaware State Police Troop 3.
Both defendants were arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7. Gibbs was transported to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of a $62,000 secured bond. Peterson received a $90,000 secured bond and was ordered to the Baylor Correctional Center for Women. After Peterson’s arraignment, officers began to escort Peterson from the courthouse. Peterson threw herself to the ground, refusing to comply with officers and had to be forcibly removed from the courthouse and placed into the rear of a patrol vehicle. As a Dover Police officer was transporting Peterson to the Baylor facility, Peterson kicked out the rear window of the police car, shattering the glass. Peterson then escaped from the rear of the police vehicle, but was quickly apprehended after the incident. Peterson was then charged with criminal mischief and escape (3rd degree) and issued a $5,000 secured bond. Peterson was then successfully transported to the Baylor Women’s Correctional Center without incident.
Original Story: The Dover Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit is currently investigating three robberies that occurred in a 9-hour span over the course of the weekend. Each incident and associated photos are below. Detectives are investigating the possibility of all three incidents being related to each other.
Anyone with any information about these incidents should contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111. You may also submit an anonymous tip with Delaware Crime Stoppers by phone at: 1-800-847-3333 or online at: http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.
Incident #: 50-14-10223 Date/Time: Saturday, April 26 at 6:24PM
Location: Jolly Joe’s Liquor Store, 1160 White Oak Road, Dover, DE
Narrative: At approximately 6:24 PM on Saturday, April 26th, a heavy set black female suspect entered the Jolly Joe’s Liquor Store located on White Oak Road and handed the cashier a note stating she had a gun and demanding money. The clerk refused initially, however the suspect was able to open the cash register and remove an undisclosed amount of money from it. The suspect then exited the store and fled in an unknown direction in what was described as an older “rust colored” vehicle. The female suspect was wearing a black top and a black stocking that partially covered her face.
The following photos were taken from surveillance footage at the Jolly Joe’s liquor store.
Incident #: 50-14-10247 Date/Time: Sunday, April 27 at 12:47AM
Location: Relax Inn Hotel, 640 South DuPont Highway, Dover, DE
On Sunday, April 27th at approximately 12:47AM, Dover Police responded to the Relax Inn located at 640 South DuPont Highway for a report of an attempted armed robbery. The hotel clerk advised officers that she observed an older and faded red pickup truck enter the parking lot and observed three subjects exit the vehicle, possibly two black males and a black female. The clerk advised that a female entered the foyer area and slipped a handwritten note/envelope under the the glass that stated “Give me your cash and put it in this envelope.” The clerk refused to comply with the suspects demands, and the suspect then began striking the glass with a large metal pipe. The suspect fled after the unsuccessful robbery attempt. No money was taken from the business and no injuries were reported to the victim. The clerk describes the black female as being 5’2″-5’3″ and 100-110 pounds and wearing all black, with black gloves, and black stocking that only covered half of the suspects face. Surveillance footage was unavailable for this incident at the time of release.
Incident #: 50-14-10257 Date/Time: Sunday, April 27 at 3:30AM
Location: Days Inn Hotel, 272 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE
Narrative: The Dover Police Department responded to the Days Inn Hotel located at 272 North DuPont Highway after receiving a call of an armed robbery attempt. According to the hotel clerk, a black female entered the hotel lobby and states “This is a robbery, I have a gun, give me all the money from the register.” The clerk refused the the suspects demands and the suspect fled southbound on foot from the hotel. It is believed the suspect may have entered a vehicle parked at the Race Track Car Wash adjacent to the hotel property and fled in the vehicle. The suspect is described as a black female, possibly in her 30’s, wearing a black stocking, black coat, dark pants, dark shoes, and pink gloves. Photos of the suspect and of a possible suspect vehicle are shown below.