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Fingerprint Leads to Arrest Made in Dollar Tree Robbery 8-20-15


The discovery of a fingerprint left on the demand note used during the Dollar Tree robbery has led to the arrest of Sean Wayda of Laurel, Maryland.  Wayda left the note at the scene when he fled after robbing the Dollar Tree shortly before 9:00PM on Thursday, August 13th.  The Dover Police Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit recovered the note and processed it for fingerprints and a positive identification was made.  Wayda was later arrested by the Prince George’s County Police Department.  Wayda is currently being held in Maryland, awaiting extradition to Delaware where he faces the following charges:
Robbery 1st Degree
Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
Aggravated Menacing (x2)

Sean Wayda 500 Block of Compton Ave Laurel, MD
Sean Wayda
500 Block of Compton Ave
Laurel, MD



Complaint # 50-15-23323

Date/Time: Thursday, August 13th at 8:52PM

Location:  Dollar Tree, 261 North DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred at the Dollar Tree at 261 North DuPont Highway.  The incident occurred at 10:30PM, when an unknown white male suspect entered the business and produced a note to the employees stating he had a gun and demanded money.  During the course of the robbery, the suspect pulled a black firearm from his shorts and pointed it at employees.  The employees complied and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect then fled southbound from the store.  The suspect, pictured below, is described as a heavy-set white male with a gray t-shirt, gray colored shorts, dark sneakers and glasses.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7111. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on-line at http://www.tipsubmit.com or through the Dover Police Department MyPD Mobile App.