Deli robbery attempt goes awry

March 6, 2009 2:59:08 PM PST
Police say a suspect got more than he bargained for when the tried to rob a deli in New Castle, Delaware.Investigators say 28-year-old Gerald Bulat, Jr. walked into Dom's Deli on Prangs Lane around lunchtime on Thursday.

"He has his face covered with some type of garment or t-shirt and he's holding a tire iron," Cpl. Jeff Whitmarsh of the Delaware State Police said. Bulat grabbed the tip jar from the counter, and that's when police say employee Val Saunders grabbed the jar, too, and a struggle ensued. The tire iron fell on the floor, so two customers grabbed Bulat and held him until State Police troopers arrived.

"A couple of customers were in there, and I guess, they decided it wasn't going to be on their watch, they weren't going to let this guy the rob store, so they pounced on top of the guy and held him down," Whitmarsh said.

Bulat was formally charged with Robbery 1st (felony), Possession of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony (felony) and Wearing a Disguise during the Commission of a Felony (felony).

"We work hard for this jar, this is our money, and he can't just come in here and take it from us; it's ours," Saunders said.

A computer check revealed Bulat was also wanted by Court 2.

In total, bail was set at $67,094.00 secured and Butler was remanded to the Howard Young Correctional Institute.

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