Armed robberies continue at local businesses


An isolated robbery at Fox’s Pizza Den in Millville has snowballed into a string of robberies as Holt’s Liquors and Pomeroy’s, Inc., were hit within the last week.

Holt’s Liquors

Another armed robbery occurred at Holt’s Liquors on Atlantic Avenue on Friday, Dec. 23. A male suspect brandished a handgun at a 26 year-old female employee who was behind the sales counter.

The suspect pointed the gun at the employee and demanded money, which the employee gave. He then fled on foot. No injuries were sustained to the employee.

The suspect was described as a black man of unknown age, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing between 160 and 180 pounds. He wore a dark-colored jacket and jeans, a ski mask covering his face and an unknown type of handgun.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at Troop 4 at (302) 856-5850, ext. 3, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at www.tipsubmit.com, or send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Pomeroy’s liquor store

In Selbyville, Pomeroy’s package store also dealt with an armed robbery Monday, Dec. 26.

Around 9 p.m., a man described as a dark skinned male around 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a blue jacket, jeans, gloves and ski mask entered the store, displayed a black handgun, and demanded money from the register. He obtained around $600 and fled from the store on the shoulder of DuPont Blvd.

Lynn Pomeroy, whose family owns the business, said they don’t keep much money on the premises.

Pomeroy said he was driving out of the parking lot when he noticed the suspect walking through the parking lot, seemingly just along the highway, but fairly close to the shop. Pomeroy noted that the man didn’t seem to be dressed heavily for the cold night. Apparently the suspect slipped on a mask and entered the liquor store, where employee Roy Santos was still working.

Pomeroy said the robber acted nervously, apologized and said he “doesn’t really do this kind of thing.” Apart from wielding a gun, Pomeroy said the suspect wasn’t forceful and didn’t hurt anybody.

The liquor store has not been robbed since 1942, Pomeroy said, because his father was a state policeman and thieves “shied away from the troop commander’s mother,” who owned the business.

Pomeroy’s Tavern, located next-door to the liquor shop, also saw crime in the early morning of Saturday, Dec. 24, when a bar fight resulted in one injury, five police departments responding and many people being pepper sprayed.

Anyone that may have information on the Pomeroy’s robbery is asked to contact Selbyville Police Department at (302) 436-5085, or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 847-3333 or crimestoppers@state.de.us.

A string of crimes

Fox’s Pizza Den was robbed Dec. 19 by a suspect matching the same description. Descriptions of the suspect at all three robberies are similar, and Chief Scott Collins of Selbyville said the modus operandi always includes entering, displaying a gun, taking money and fleeing.

“We tend to believe they probably are connected, but at this point, there is nothing positively linking the crimes,” Collins said.

Public Information Officer Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said that he couldn’t say whether or not the recent area robberies were potentially related.

Businesses are reminded to report any suspicious people or activities to the police. Stores can also alert neighboring businesses to unusual activity.