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Dover Post
  • Police arrest Acme purse-snatch suspect

  • Dover Police have arrested a local man believed to have been involved in two recent purse-snatchings.
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  • Thanks to a witness who was able to write down a suspect's vehicle license number, Dover Police have arrested a local man shortly after a Saturday purse-snatching incident near the Acme store.
    The incident took place at 11:14 a.m. Nov. 23, when the suspect, now identified as John Scott, 50, of the first block of Ardsley Circle, Dover, allegedly went up to the victim, grabbed her purse and fled, said department spokesman Lt. Marvin Mailey.
    Using the license number and description of the car, police located Scott's vehicle on Denney's Road shortly thereafter and arrested him without incident.
    Police also linked Scott to a Nov. 15 robbery near the same location when items from that robbery were found on his person. In that case, the victim was dragged several feet as the escape vehicle left the scene. Witnesses in both cases described that vehicle as a blue sedan; when arrested, Scott was driving a blue Saturn.
    Scott was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, two counts of theft under $1,500 where the victim is older than 62, unlawful use of a credit card, offensive touching, being a local fugitive and driving on a suspended license.
    Scott was ordered held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $43,600 secured bond.
    Police arrest Acme purse-snatch suspect
    Thanks to a witness who was able to write down a suspect's vehicle license number, Dover Police have arrested a local man shortly after a Saturday purse-snatching incident near the Acme store.
    The incident took place at 11:14 a.m. Nov. 23, when the suspect, now identified as John Scott, 50, of the first block of Ardsley Circle, Dover, allegedly went up to the victim, grabbed her purse and fled, said department spokesman Lt. Marvin Mailey.
    Using the license number and description of the car, police located Scott's vehicle on Denney's Road shortly thereafter and arrested him without incident.
    Police also linked Scott to a Nov. 15 robbery near the same location when items from that robbery were found on his person. In that case, the victim was dragged several feet as the escape vehicle left the scene. Witnesses in both cases described that vehicle as a blue sedan; when arrested, Scott was driving a blue Saturn.
    Scott was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, two counts of theft under $1,500 where the victim is older than 62, unlawful use of a credit card, offensive touching, being a local fugitive and driving on a suspended license.
    Page 2 of 2 - Scott was ordered held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $43,600 secured bond.
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