Delaware State Police have arrested one man in connection with two gas station robberies and are looking for his alleged accomplices.
Detectives with the Delaware State Police Criminal Investigations Unit on May 15 arrested a Dover man in connection with a pair of gas station robberies.
Troopers arrested Frank J. Schultz Jr., 19, of the unit block of Webbs Lane, after receiving an anonymous tip that he was selling tobacco products from his home; the items were thought to have been stolen during the May 13 robbery at the Valero station at 1491 S. Dupont Highway, said division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
Accompanied by members of the division’s Special Operations Response Team, troopers contacted Schultz at his apartment and took him into custody without incident. Various tobacco items that matched items stolen during the robbery were found as long as a gun used in the robbery, which turned out to be a BB gun.
Detectives also found counterfeit money in several denominations that Schultz allegedly made and used at various locales in Kent County.
The police investigation showed Shultz and another, unnamed suspect, stole a car from the area of Jillian Court, Dover, and drove to the Valero station to commit the robbery. The car later was found in the city.
Schultz also was linked to an April 24 robbery at another Valero station, located at 1612 S. Dupont Highway.
In that incident, a white man and a black man entered the store and demanded money. The white suspect displayed a handgun while the black man took cigarettes. The two fled with cash and cigarettes, Fournier said.
Schulz was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of second-degree conspiracy, first-degree theft, first-degree forgery, three counts of first-degree attempted forgery and two counts of possession of a forgery device.
He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of a $168,000 secured bond.
Detectives are continuing their investigation into these incidents and are seeking the public’s assistance in obtaining information on the other suspects.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Delaware State Police Det. Coleman at 741-2813. Tips also maybe left by using the DSP Mobile Crime Tip app, available for download at www.Delaware.gov/apps.
Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333, via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”