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Dover Post
  • Convenience store robbery suspect surrenders in Dover

  • Maryland man, two others, suspected in numerous Eastern Shore holdups
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  • A Maryland man, who police had identified as the third and final suspect in a string of convenience store robberies in November and December, has surrendered to Dover Police. Andray J. Martin, 26, of Chestertown, Md., voluntarily turned himself in on Tuesday, said department spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman. Martin is accused of being one of two men who, on Nov. 22, held up a Sunoco gas in Dover and a Dunkin’ Donuts store on Dec. 2. Dover Police arrested Martin’s alleged accomplice, Vontaye Lamont Gilbert, 34, also of Chestertown, on Dec. 19; Gilbert also was arrested by Delaware State Police on Jan. 8 on suspicion of taking part in the Nov. 30 robbery of a Shore Stop in Harrington and a Dec. 2 robbery at the Canterbury Shore Stop near Felton. As of press time, no additional charges had been filed against Martin in connection with the latter two robberies. The case was broken on Dec. 3 when Dover Police arrested Lytia T. Bailey, 28, also of Chestertown. Bailey was found driving a Jeep Cherokee that matched the description of a vehicle believed to have been used as a getaway vehicle; a black BB gun and clothing were found in the vehicle. Acting together with a third, a yet unidentified person, Bailey and Gilbert allegedly began their crime spree with an Oct. 26 robbery in Chestertown. A series of six additional holdups followed in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Talbot counties, according to information released by the Maryland State Police Barracks in Centreville, Md. The group allegedly targeted Domino’s restaurants and Royal Farms and 7-Eleven convenience stores in all three counties. Bailey and Gilbert also are suspected in a Nov. 26 holdup at a Shore Stop convenience store in Smyrna, as well as a Shore Stop in Cheswold the same evening. Two days later, on Nov. 28, all three allegedly robbed the Shore Stop store in Greenwood, said Chief of Police Mark Anderson. In each case, Bailey allegedly went into each store beforehand to check the layout and find out how many people were in each store. She is being held in default of $208,000 secured bond; Gilbert has been jailed on a $166,000 secured bond. Martin was charged by Dover Police with two counts each of first-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy and wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony. He was ordered held on a $112,000 secured bond. Maryland State Police have indicated they intend to request Bailey, Gilbert and Martin be extradited once charges against them in Delaware have been resolved.

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