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Third Suspect Arrested in Laurel Attempted Robbery

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Troy Sanders Troy Sanders
Shawn D. Alston Shawn D. Alston
Anita M. Amoroso Anita M. Amoroso

LAUREL, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested the third suspect wanted in connection with last weekend's attempted robbery of a gas station in Laurel.

Troopers said 29-year-old Troy Sanders was arrested Monday night after a tip was received at Troop 5 that he was seen walking in the area of Mill Park Drive in Bridgeville. Police said that when troopers made contact with Sanders, he provided a fictitious name and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was transported back to Troop 5 where he was charged with attempted second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy and two additional charges of criminal impersonation and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was ordered held in lieu of $9,000 cash bond.
 
Police said Sanders was wanted in connection with an incident that happened shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, when a male suspect entered the Oasis Travel Plaza at 30759 Sussex Highway and demanded a 31-year-old female employee give him money from the cash register. 

Troopers said that when the employee refused to open it, the suspect reached across the counter and attempted to open it, but was unsuccessful.  He then fled the store and police said he was observed entering a silver four-door sedan with a sun roof that drove away from the scene. 

At approximately 4:30 a.m. that same day, officers with the Laurel Police Department also responded to a robbery that occurred in their jurisdiction and involving a similar suspect.
 
Police said that at around 6 a.m. Saturday, a trooper on patrol observed a vehicle matching the description of the car used at the Oasis incident parked in a driveway on Mill Park Drive in Bridgeville. Troopers made contact with 50-year-old Anita M. Amoroso of Laurel, who was at that home and she was taken into custody without incident.
 
Police said the investigation revealed Amoroso drove two people, who were later determined to be Sanders and 33-year-old Shawn D. Alston, both of Bridgeville, to the Oasis Travel Plaza where she dropped them off. Investigators said Amoroso then returned a short time later and picked the two up after the attempted robbery was committed and then drove into the limits of Laurel where they committed another robbery.
 
Around 10 a.m. Saturday, Alston was located walking on Mill Park Drive and troopers took him into custody. Both Alston and Amoroso were both transported back to Troop 5 in Bridgeville where they were both charged with attempted second-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy. They were each held on $5,000 secured bond.
 

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