Suspect in Dover liquor store robbery arrested

MAGNOLIA – The man who allegedly assaulted a liquor store clerk before stealing money from the register has been charged with multiple offenses stemming from that incident and another, authorities said.

William J. Edwards, 37, of Dover, was taken into custody Saturday, said Master Cpl. Michael Austin, a spokesman for the Delaware State Police.

Cpl. Austin said that, through an investigation, Edwards was found to be linked to a robbery that occurred at Route 8 Liquors, located on Forrest Avenue in Dover, last Tuesday, Nov. 26. The incident took place around 7 p.m.

During the robbery, Cpl. Austin said that a masked suspect, who was in possession of a knife, allegedly assaulted the store clerk before ordering the clerk to turn over the contents of the cash register. He then fled, Cpl. Austin said.

Cpl. Austin said that through an investigation, detectives identified a silver Honda Odyssey as a suspect vehicle in the robbery. Detectives linked the vehicle to Edwards, Cpl. Austin said.

Edwards was also a suspect for a residential burglary that occurred on Nov. 5 in the 400-block of Jebb Road in Camden-Wyoming. Multiple firearms were taken from the residence, Cpl. Austin said.

Information about Edwards and the minivan was sent out to troopers, Cpl. Austin said. During a routine patrol on Saturday, a trooper saw the minivan on Juanita Road in Magnolia and pulled the car over; Edwards was identified as the driver and was taken into custody without incident, Cpl. Austin said.

A subsequent search of the vehicle found further evidence that linked him to the liquor store robbery, and additional information tied him to the residential burglary, Cpl. Austin said.

Edwards was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #7. He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $77,600 cash bail. Cpl. Austin said that Edwards was 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, third degree assault, second degree burglary, five counts of theft of a firearm, theft less than $1,500, selling stolen property, malicious interference with emergency communications and third-degree conspiracy.

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