Millville pizza shop robbed, suspect sought


Delaware State Police troopers this week were investigating a robbery that occurred at Fox’s Pizza Den that on Monday night, Dec. 19.

According to the DSP, the incident occurred at 7 p.m., when a man entered the shop in the Millville Town Center. Police said the suspect, armed with a handgun, approached a 20-year-old employee and demanded money from the cash drawer. The victim complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin reported that an Ocean View officer had subsequently responded to the scene, as did state troopers.

Dennis Klimins, manager of the shop, said they were very busy around 7 p.m. and he had to leave the store to deliver pizzas because they only had a line cook, a delivery person and him working that evening. He said he wasn’t gone “four minutes” and the phone rang, and his line cook told him that he had been robbed and a gun had been pointed to his head.

“I called 911 and turned right around, and when I got back, the police were already there,” said Klimins.

Several eyewitnesses later reported that they had seen police with a man in custody on Monday evening near the M&T and Wells Fargo banks in the same shopping center, but when asked if police had made any arrests in this case, DSP Public Information Officer Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said no arrests had been made at that time.

The suspect was described as a black man; 20 to 30 years old; between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall; weighing 160 to 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark brown jacket and a tan-colored ski mask. He was also armed with a black handgun, police said.

Klimins said he had plans to install security cameras and possibly other security measures inside the store, to avoid similar incidents in the future.

“It’s a quiet neighborhood. You wouldn’t think of anything like that happening here,” he added.

Delaware State Police on Tuesday were asking anyone who may have any information in reference to the robbery to contact the Robbery Unit at Troop 4 at (302) 856-5850. The public may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus their message to 274637 (CRIMES), or provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or online at tipsubmit.com, police said.