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Salisbury Bank Robbery Suspect Caught in Delaware

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SALISBURY, Md.- Authorities say a suspect wanted in connection with a Salisbury bank robbery has been captured in Delaware.

Salisbury police say the crime occurred at around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Farmers Bank of Willards on Milford Street. According to investigators, a white male suspect wearing wire-framed glasses and a blue bandanna on his head entered the bank and handed a teller a note that demanded money. Police say the teller complied and the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle.

Police say witnesses in the area were able to give a description of the suspect, as well as his flight path and his getaway vehicle.  A tag number was obtained and was found to be a leased vehicle to a person in Lewes, Del. Police say additional evidence was gathered by detectives as they traced the suspect's flight path.

Salisbury police alerted Delaware State Police Troop 4 in Georgetown to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle. DSP detectives responded to the Lewes address where the suspect vehicle was registered. As the detectives were arriving, they observed the suspect vehicle being driven away. Police say the vehicle was occupied by a man and a woman. 

The vehicle was stopped and one of the occupants, Robert Joseph McLaughlin, was found to be wanted by Delaware authorities for a violation of probation. The woman who was with McLaughlin was also detained. The pair was transported back to Troop 4. The woman was questioned and released. 

Based on the evidence that was collected and the statements from witnesses, Salisbury police detectives obtained an arrest warrant for McLaughlin charging him with robbery and theft greater than $1,000. A detainer was lodged against McLaughlin. He is currently being held in the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown.

Salisbury police say they are working to find out if McLaughlin is connected to other recent bank robberies.

"We still have ongoing investigations into other bank robberies in the Salisbury-Wicomico County area," Det. Lt. Rob Kemp said. "The method of operation appears to be the same, so we're waiting until we meet with the witnesses . . . involved in those other robberies as well, to see if this is possibly the same suspect."


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