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4 Charged in Dover Bank Heist

Larry J. Pierce Larry J. Pierce
Phillip O. Yates Phillip O. Yates
Vanessa Singletary Vanessa Singletary
Dashunda L. Harmon Dashunda L. Harmon

DOVER, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested four suspects accused of robbing a bank in Dover.

Larry J. Pierce, 30, of Dover; Phillip O. Yates, 30, of Dover; Vanessa Singletary, 26, of Suffolk, Va.; and Dashunda L. Harmon, 25, of Milton; are each charged with first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, seven counts of aggravated menacing, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy. Singletary is also charged with possession of marijuana.

According to police, the arrests stem from an incident that occurred 1:30 p.m. Monday, when   
two male suspects armed with handguns entered the M&T Bank located on East Lebanon Road in Dover. Investigators said the duo demanded money from the bank tellers who complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash.  The two suspects then fled on foot and were last seen running south on South State Street, according to police. 
Police said a description of the robbers was broadcast over the radio when a trooper in the area observed two suspects matching the description entering a silver car on Richardson Circle just south of the bank. Authorities said that as the trooper approached, one of the male suspects, who was later identified as Pierce, attempted to run away, but was quickly apprehended along with the stolen bag of cash and a loaded .22-caliber handgun.
The trooper was able to broadcast a description of the suspect vehicle, which fled the area.  Other troopers, along with officers from other area law enforcement agencies, were able to locate the car traveling southbound on South State Street and conducted a traffic stop on Cool Springs Road. Police said another male subject, identified as Yates, attempted to run and was quickly taken into custody by a responding trooper. 

Singletary, the driver, and Harmon, a passenger, were taken into custody without incident. Troopers said a search of the car revealed a loaded .32-caliber handgun in the back seat where the Yates was seen exiting.  Troopers also located more than 50 grams of marijuana in the vehicle, according to police.
All four suspects were transported back to Troop 3 where they were charged with the aforementioned offenses.  Pierce and Yates were ordered held on $204,000 cash bond.  Singletary and Harmon were ordered held in default of $203,500 and $193,000 cash bonds respectively.
None of the tellers or patrons were injured in this incident, police said.

Pierce was treated by EMS for a minor injury to his hand after the dye pack located in the stolen money exploded, investigators said.  


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