A man believed to have robbed a local teenager of his cell phone was caught after he sent a text to the victim's family offering to return the phone for a price.
The robbery took place April 8, said Dover Police Department spokesman Lt. Daniel McKeown, after the 17-year-old met the suspect over social media. The suspect, identified as Steven Walls, 22, of the 300 block of Charring Cross Drive, Village of Westover, met the victim in the area of the Hamlet Shopping Center and began driving around. Walls allegedly pulled a gun and took the victim's cell phone, identification and a small amount of marijuana.
After the victim called police, Walls allegedly sent a text to a member of the victim's family stating he wanted to sell the phone back. Dover Police detectives set up a surveillance operaton and arrested Walls without incident.
The cell phone and identification were recovered, however the weapon was not.
Walls was charged with first-degree robbery and jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in default of a $50,000 cash bond.