Dollar Tree Armed Robbery 10-24-17

Incident/Complaint#:  50-17-34882

Date/Time:   Monday, October 23rd, 2017 at 9:04PM

Location:  Dollar Tree, 261 North DuPont Highway, Suite 2, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Monday night.  At approximately, 8:57PM, an unknown black male suspect entered Dollar Tree at 261 N. DuPont Highway.  The suspect was wearing a black hat, sunglasses, black jacket, red plaid shirt, dark pants, and black/brown boots.  A 64-year-old female employee advised the suspect that the store was closing in a couple of minutes.  Two other unknown black males entered the store and had a brief conversation with the suspect, then left.  It is unknown if those men are affiliated with the incident.  At 9:04PM, the female employee approached the suspect in  one of the aisles and tells him the store is now closed.  The suspect pulls a knife and walks toward the victim as she approached the cash registers.  The suspect demanded money, but the victim refused.  The suspect then grabbed the victim by her shirt, causing her to fall to the ground and making her cell phone fall out of her pocket.  The suspect then picked up the cell phone and demanded that another employee let him out of the business.  The suspect then fled in an unknown direction on foot.  The victim had minor abrasions around the neck area from the suspect grabbing her shirt, but refuse treatment.

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.

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