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Suspect Arrested in Lewes Cigarette Store Robbery

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Video surveillance photos of the June 8 alleged armed robbery of the DOT Discount Cigarette store in Lewes. (Photos provided by Delaware State Police) Video surveillance photos of the June 8 alleged armed robbery of the DOT Discount Cigarette store in Lewes. (Photos provided by Delaware State Police)

LEWES, Del.– Delaware State Police have arrested a suspect wanted in connection with the early June armed robbery of the DOT Discount Cigarette store in Lewes.

James C. Rogers, 31, of Lewes, was taken into custody Thursday and charged with first-degree robbery, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said Rogers' arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, when a male suspect entered DOT Discount and demanded a 55-year-old female employee hand him money from the cash register. 

According to police, when the employee complied with the suspect's demands and opened the register, the suspect pulled a knife from the front pouch of his sweatshirt and held it up to the employee while he removed the money. The suspect then ran out of the business in a westerly direction, investigators said. The female employee was not reported as injured in the incident.
 
Troopers said surveillance photographs released to the media supplied Delaware Crime Stoppers with numerous telephone tips and Rogers was developed as a prime suspect.  On Thursday, June 20, a search warrant was obtained and executed at Rogers' home located on the 34000 block of Yoshino Drive in Lewes. 

Police said that during the search, detectives located numerous items allegedly linked to the robbery, including, a baseball cap, white framed sunglasses and a knife.  Also located were several hypodermic needles, investigators said.
 
Rogers, who police said was found hiding in a bathroom, was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown where he was charged with the aforementioned offenses. He was ordered held in default of $107,500 cash only bond.


 

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