Suspect who looked at camera arrested

April 9, 2009 10:37:50 AM PDT
Police say they've arrested the suspect in a 7-11 robbery who looked directly at a surveillance camera during the crime.Anthony Mace, 20, of the 1300 block of Sycamore in Elsemere, Del. has been arrested and charged with the armed robbery of the store on Saturday, April 4th.

In addition, police say they linked him to five other armed robberies that occured over the past several days.

In the 7-11 robbery on Saturday, police say Mace entered the store and brandished a handgun, forcing the clerk to open the cash register.

Investigators were able to retrieve the store surveillance video and obtained images of the suspect as he pointed the weapon at the victim.

The images were later released to the media,and police say that prompted two anonymous crime tips that indicated Mace strongly resembled the gunman.

A detective compared the image to a photograph of Mace and made a positive identification. An arrest and search warrant for Mace was signed.

Meanwhile, investigators say Officer John Mitchell from the Elsmere PD saw Mace's picture online and recognized him as a resident.

Officer Mitchell began searching for Mace, and found him standing on a street corner in Elsmere.

Mitchell was arrested and police say they found a black "starter" pistol on him.

Police say Mace has been linked to the following crimes:

  • On Thursday, April 2, at 8:11 p.m. police say Mace robbed the 7-11 convenience store located at 530 Greenhill Avenue in Wilmington at gunpoint.
  • On Saturday, April 4, at 12:05 p.m. police say Mace and an unidentified female entered the County Maid Deli, located at 750 East Chestnut Hill Road in Newark, and attempted to rob the store clerk at gunpoint. They fled empty handed.
  • On Saturday, April 4, at 12:11 p.m., police say Mace robbed the 7-11 convenience store located at 60 S. Gerald Drive in Newark at gunpoint.
  • On Sunday, April 5, at 7:28 p.m., police say Mace robbed the 7-11 convenience store located at 3700 Kirkwood Highway in Wilmington at knifepoint.
  • On Sunday, April 5, at 7:35 p.m., police say Mace entered the Nite-N-Day Laundromat located at 416 W. Newport Pike in Wilmington and attempted to rob the female clerk at knifepoint. He fled empty handed after the victim was unable to provide any money.
  • On Sunday, April 5, at 8:56 p.m., police say Mace entered the 7-11 convenience store located at 13 Red Mill Road in Newark and robbed the clerk at gunpoint.

Mace has been charged with multiple counts of robbery in the first degree and weapons offenses.

He has been arraigned and committed to the Howard Young Prison after failing to post $360,500 secured bail.

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