Alleged Bank Robber Facing More Charges - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Alleged Bank Robber Facing More Charges, Police Crediting Social Media With Arrest

Posted:
Ronald Rogers Ronald Rogers
Surveillance photo of the suspect car that Dover police send to WBOC as well as posted to social media. Surveillance photo of the suspect car that Dover police send to WBOC as well as posted to social media.

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - The man accused in Wednesday's armed bank robbery in Dover now faces additional charges.

Dover police say Ronald Rogers didn't just rob the First National Bank of Wyoming on Governors Avenue but also the Walgreen's on South State Street on Jan. 25.

Police were able to arrest Rogers Wednesday within about three hours of the bank robbery. And investigators are crediting social media with making that happen.

Dover police started a Facebook page and Twitter account in October.

Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the robbery happened around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Soon dispatchers were radioing out a description of the suspect.

"Within three or four minutes we able to post that to our social media accounts and website," he said. "Once we put that out over 100 people shared it, and 7,000 people saw it within the first hour and a half of it being up."

Then police got a surveillance photo of the suspect car and posted that to social media, too. Within two hours someone who saw that post called 911.

"They said that they saw the vehicle on Carpenter Bridge Road headed toward Harrington," said Cpl. Hoffman. "Once Harrington police were alerted to that, they were able to located the suspect on NB US 13 and stop it."

Coincidentally enough, Harrington Police had also seen the social media posts.

"We were able to see that and all the departments work together. I'm sure not just Harrington but other agencies were looking for the vehicle as well. It just so happened he came through Harrington as he was located," Lt. Earl Brode said. "When [social media] is used appropriately, it's a great tool."

"It shows that it's a great way for the public to get the information right away, in real time, as it's happening," Cpl. Hoffman said. "It's exactly what we imagined when we launched this program. Get it out the public right away, have them share it, have them on alert for it. Prior this it would take 24 to 48 hours for it to reach the public. "

Cpl. Hoffman says Dover police have gotten tips and information from the public via the department's Facebook page, but this was by far the biggest and most important case cracked in this way so far.

Rogers is facing a whole host of serious and similar charges for both crimes. He is being held on $238,000 cash bond.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Veterans Town Hall Comes to Del-Tech

    Veterans Town Hall Comes to Del-Tech

    Monday, November 12 2018 8:46 PM EST2018-11-13 01:46:15 GMT
    Monday, November 12 2018 9:26 PM EST2018-11-13 02:26:42 GMT
    Veterans gathered at Delaware Technical Community College today to host a a Veterans Town Hall, where veterans from WWII, Vietnam, and other wars shared their experiences.More
    Veterans gathered at Delaware Technical Community College today to host a Veterans Town Hall, where veterans from WWII, Vietnam, and other wars shared their experiences. More
  • New Features Coming to Waterside Park in Salisbury

    New Features Coming to Waterside Park in Salisbury

    Monday, November 12 2018 8:37 PM EST2018-11-13 01:37:27 GMT
    Monday, November 12 2018 8:37 PM EST2018-11-13 01:37:27 GMT
    On any given sunny afternoon in Salisbury, plenty of kids in the neighborhood are out playing at Waterside Park, but with some needed improvements the city is hoping to expand the area.More
    On any given sunny afternoon in Salisbury, plenty of kids in the neighborhood are out playing at Waterside Park, but with some needed improvements the city is hoping to expand the area.More
  • Democrats Take Statewide Elected Offices in Delaware

    Democrats Take Statewide Elected Offices in Delaware

    Monday, November 12 2018 5:29 PM EST2018-11-12 22:29:32 GMT
    Monday, November 12 2018 5:29 PM EST2018-11-12 22:29:32 GMT
    DOVER, Del. --- With election results confirmed in Delaware, Democrats will hold each statewide office next year. Democrats won races for attorney general, state auditor, and state treasurer in last week's elections. Victories in legislative races also paMore
    DOVER, Del. --- With election results confirmed in Delaware, Democrats will hold each statewide office next year. Democrats won races for attorney general, state auditor, and state treasurer in last week's elections. Victories in legislative races also paMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Couple Rescued After Sailboat Runs Aground in Ocean City

    Sailboat Runs Aground in Ocean City

    Sunday, November 11 2018 8:33 PM EST2018-11-12 01:33:05 GMT
    Monday, November 12 2018 7:27 AM EST2018-11-12 12:27:43 GMT
    The Ocean City Fire Department rescued a man and woman after their boat ran aground late Saturday night.More
    The Ocean City Fire Department rescued a man and woman after their boat ran aground late Saturday night.More
  • Salisbury Man Arrested After DUI Crash

    Salisbury Man Arrested After DUI Crash

    Monday, November 12 2018 6:50 AM EST2018-11-12 11:50:12 GMT
    Monday, November 12 2018 7:33 AM EST2018-11-12 12:33:38 GMT
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    Maryland State Police say a Salisbury man arrested following a drunk driving crash turned out to be wanted on other charges.More
    Maryland State Police say a Salisbury man arrested following a drunk driving crash turned out to be wanted on other charges. More
  • State Police Investigate Serious Crash in Dagsboro

    State Police Investigate Serious Crash in Dagsboro

    Sunday, November 11 2018 9:04 PM EST2018-11-12 02:04:38 GMT
    Monday, November 12 2018 7:29 AM EST2018-11-12 12:29:13 GMT
    Delaware State Police say a three-vehicle accident shut down part of Route 113 in Dagsboro for hours and sent three people to the hospital on Sunday afternoon.More
    Delaware State Police say a three-vehicle accident shut down part of Route 113 in Dagsboro for hours and sent three people to the hospital on Sunday afternoon. More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices