Panhandler Bandit Robbed Exiting Wawa Customer of Cash at Knifepoint
Do you give money to panhandlers?
DOVER, DEL. — An ATM customer inside of a Wawa located in Dover, Del., was robbed at knife-point by a panhandler bandit with a knife in his hoodie as the customer left the store and was accosted in the parking lot.
Dover Police reports that the armed robbery took place on Feb. 16, 2016, at 290 S. DuPont Highway at 8:57 p.m. Police report that the 22-year-old victim was exiting the store after getting money from the ATM inside the building. As he was walking towards his car, he was approached by a male suspect.
Customers of Wawa’s and other convenience stores in the Dover area are often approached by beggars waiting outside the stores and ask for money. As the stores have advanced technology of security cameras, an increased monitoring of those cameras by the Wawa security personnel and Dover Police would rid the premises of panhandlers, hookers, hobos, and potential armed robbers.
Security personnel can monitor the sophisticated camera system of many stores from one location and alert managers to suspicious persons loitering in parking lots to call police.
Another robbery of a Wawa was prevented recently when an off-duty Wawa employee spotted the criminals and called the store and police.
The victim advised that the suspect was with three other persons, but approached the victim alone. The suspect initially asked for a dollar from the victim. The victim pulled his wallet out and gave the suspect a dollar when the suspect replied “Wait a minute, give me the wallet” and pulled a knife from his hooded sweatshirt. The victim complied and the suspect, along with the three other subjects, fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect who contacted the victim was described as a black male, approximately 6′ tall, average build, light beard, 25-30 years old, and wearing a tan hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The other subjects with him were only described as being black males.
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.