Detectives with the Dover Police Department and the Delaware State Police have arrested a Maryland woman in conjunction with their investigation into four recent robberies, and have requested warrants for a Maryland man also believed to have taken part in the crimes.
They also are looking for a second, still unknown, suspect who participated in some of the robberies.
Lytia T. Bailey, 27, of Chestertown, Md., was taken into custody at approximately 10:41 p.m. Dec. 3, said Dover Police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman. Bailey was apprehended during a traffic stop while driving a dark blue Jeep Grand Cherokee, which had been identified as a possible getaway vehicle in the robberies.
A search of the vehicle turned up a black BB gun and clothing linked to the robberies, Hoffman said.
Hoffman said Brian Daniels, 41, of Centreville, Md., also is a suspect in those crimes.
Dover Police linked Bailey and Daniels to the Nov. 22 robbery of the Sunoco gas station at 837 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, and a Nov. 30 holdup at the Dunkin' Donuts store at 1230 Forrest Ave., Dover.
Troopers from the Delaware State Police also lodged charges against Bailey for a Nov. 30 robbery at the Harrington Shore Stop at 16381 S. DuPont Highway and the Dec. 2 robbery at the Felton Shore Stop at 8953 S. DuPont Highway, said DSP spokesman Cpl. John Day.
According to documents released by Justice of the Peace Court 7, Dover, Bailey waived her Miranda rights and admitted she agreed to drive Daniels and the other man to several locations to provide a getaway vehicle. She also admitted to going into the businesses beforehand to provide information to the suspects before the robberies.
State Police and Dover Police each charged Bailey with two counts each of first-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy.
She was remanded to the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution, New Castle, in default of $208,000 secured bond.
Shortly after Bailey's arrest was announced, she also was charged by the Cheswold Police Department for her involvement in the Nov. 26 robbery of the Valero Shore Stop in Cheswold.
According to Chief of Police Christopher Workman, Bailey went inside the store just before the robbery to see how many people were inside while Daniels waited in their vehicle. Daniels then went into the store, pointed a gun at the clerk and fled with cash and cartons of cigarettes.
Bailey's image was caught on surveillance video during her visit to the store, Workman said.
Cheswold officers added another count of first-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy to the list of charges against Bailey; she is being held at the Baylor facility on an additional $52,000 cash bail.