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Pair Arrested in Dover Robbery Spree

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Pictured are Cameron Gibbs and Aliya T. Peterson Pictured are Cameron Gibbs and Aliya T. Peterson
DOVER, Del.- Dover police have arrested two suspects in connection with a series of robbery incidents that occurred last weekend in the city.

Police said Wednesday that Aliya T. Peterson, 33, and Cameron Gibbs, 26, are each charged with first-degree robbery, two counts of attempted first-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy. Peterson was additionally charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and two counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony.

The first of the three incidents occurred at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Jolly Joe's Liquors on White Oak Road. Police said a Peterson entered the store and handed the cashier a note that indicated she had a gun and demanded money. The clerk initially refused but police said the suspect was able to open the cash register and grab an undisclosed amount cash.  Police said Peterson then left the store and took off in a vehicle.

The second incident occurred at around 1 a.m. Sunday, at the Relax Inn Hotel on South DuPont Highway. The hotel clerk told officers a pickup truck entered the parking lot and three people got out. According to police, the clerk said a female suspect- identified as Peterson- then entered the hotel's foyer and slipped a handwritten note/envelope under the the glass that read, “Give me your cash and put it in this envelope.”  Police said that when the clerk refused to comply with the suspect's demands, the suspect began striking the glass with a large metal pipe.  The suspect then fled empty-handed, investigators said.

The third incident occurred at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday at the Days Inn Hotel on North DuPont Highway. Authorities said the hotel clerk told police that a female- also later identified as Peterson- entered the hotel lobby and stated, “This is a robbery, I have a gun. Give me all the money from the register.”  When the clerk refused the suspect's demands, she then ran from the hotel, police said.

Police said the break in their investigation came when detectives recovered the handwritten note used in the robbery of Jolly Joe’s Liquors. Detectives were able to lift a fingerprint from the note and forwarded it to the Delaware State Police Bureau of Identification for analysis. Police said the fingerprint was positively identified as belonging to Gibbs. Police said detectives began looking into Gibbs' criminal history and noticed that he was involved in numerous incidents with Peterson, who is the mother of his children .  Detectives contacted Peterson and she was brought in to the Dover Police Department for questioning.  Police said Peterson arrived wearing the same “black puffy coat” that was seen in surveillance photos of the robbery incidents, and described by the robbery victims.  Peterson also showed up driving the gold-colored vehicle that was seen at the Days Inn robbery, investigators said.

Police said that during questioning, Peterson confessed to detectives that she was the suspect in the three incidents and that Gibbs was the person who wrote the robbery note.

Gibbs was also contacted by the detectives and questioned as well. Police said Gibbs admitted to writing the holdup notes and also confessed to his involvement of a recent robbery of Mike’s Market, located on South Governors Avenue.  That case is being investigated by the Delaware State Police Troop 3.

After being taken into custody on the aforementioned charges, Gibbs was transported to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of a $62,000 secured bond.  Peterson received a $90,000 secured bond and was ordered to the Baylor Correctional Center for Women.

Police said that when officers began to escort Peterson from the courthouse after her arraignment, she threw herself to the ground, refusing to comply with officers and had to be forcibly removed from the courthouse and placed into the rear of a patrol vehicle.  Authorities also said that as a Dover police officer was transporting Peterson to the Baylor facility, Peterson kicked out the rear window of the police car, shattering the glass.  Police said Peterson then escaped from the rear of the patrol vehicle, but was quickly apprehended after the incident.  She was subsequently charged with criminal mischief and third-degree escape and issued a $5,000 secured bond. She was then successfully transported to the Baylor Women’s Correctional Center without incident, police noted.


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