Two people have been arrested in connection with a robbery crime spree last weekend.
A man and woman have been arrested in connection with a robbery and two attempted robberies that took place over the April 26 weekend, said Dover Police Department spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
A fingerprint on a demand note led to the arrests, and connected the suspects with the April 26 robbery of a clerk at Jolly Joe’s Liquors on White Oak Road and the attempted April 27 holdup of clerks at the Days Inn and Relax Inn motels, Hoffman said.
Detectives recovered the note used in the liquor store holdup and forwarded it to the Delaware State Police Bureau of Identification, which matched a finger print to 26-year-old Cameron Gibbs.
A check into Gibbs’ criminal history showed he had been involved in numerous criminal incidents with 33-year-old Aliya Peterson, who also is the mother of Gibbs’ children.
Peterson was brought in for questioning and arrived at police headquarters in the same gold-colored car seen during the Days Inn incident and wearing the same coat as the female suspect described in the robberies.
During questioning, Hoffman said Peterson confessed that she was the person wanted in the robberies, and that Gibbs had written the robbery note.
Gibbs was questioned by Dover Police and admitted to writing the notes used in the robberies, Hoffman said. He also confessed to being involved in an April 26 robbery at Mike’s Food Mart on South Governors Avenue, a case under the jurisdiction of the Delaware State Police.
In that case, DSP spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said state police charged Gibbs with first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.
Dover Police charged Gibbs with first-degree robbery, two counts of attempted first-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy. He was ordered jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in lieu of a $62,000 secured bond and an additional $40,000 secured bond for the Mike’s Food Mart robbery.
Peterson was charged with first-degree robbery, two counts of attempted first-degree robbery, possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony, two counts of wearing a disguise during commission of a felony, and second-degree conspiracy. She was ordered to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, New Castle, in lieu of a $90,000 secured bond.
However, as Peterson was being escorted from the courthouse, she threw herself to the floor, refused to cooperate with officers and had to be forcibly removed from the building and put into a patrol vehicle.
As she was being driven to New Castle, Peterson kicked out the rear window of the patrol car, shattering the glass. She managed to get out of the vehicle, but was quickly caught.
Police levied additional charges of criminal mischief and third-degree escape, and Peterson was issued an additional $5,000 bond before being successfully delivered to the Baylor facility.
Initial reports of a third person apparently being involved in the Relax Inn robbery were in error he said.
There are no additional suspects in the incidents, Hoffman said.