4 arrested in Dover bank robbery

(L to R) Larry J. Pierce, 30, Dover Del.; Phillip O. Yates, 30, Dover, Del.;Vannessa Singletary, 26, Suffolk, Va.;Dashunda L. Harmon, 25, Milton, Del.
May 7, 2013 8:48:49 AM PDT
Delaware State Police have arrested four suspects in connection with an armed bank robbery in Dover Monday afternoon.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. when two male suspects armed with handguns entered the M and T Bank located on the corner of East Lebanon Road and South State Street.

Police say, the suspects demanded money from the bank tellers who gave them an unknown amount of cash and then they fled on foot south of South State Street.

A description of the robbers was broadcast over police radio and that's when a trooper in the area noticed the suspects getting into a silver car on Richardson Circle.

The trooper approached the suspects and one of them tried to flee but was taken into custody along with the stolen bag of cash and a loaded .22 caliber handgun. He was identified as 30-year-old Larry J. Pierce from Dover.

The trooper then broadcast a description of the suspect's vehicle which fled the area.

Other troopers in the area were able to locate the car traveling southbound on South State Street and conducted a traffic stop on Cool Springs Road.

Another male suspect, identified as 30-year-old Phillip Yates from Dover, attempted to flee on foot and was quickly taken into custody by a responding trooper.

The driver of the car was identified as 26-year-old Vanessa Singletary of Suffolk, Virginia and her passenger, 25-year-old Dashunda Harmon of Milton, Delaware were into custody without incident.

Police say a search of the car revealed a loaded .32 caliber handgun in the back seat where Yates was seen exiting and over 50 grams of marijuana was found in the vehicle.

None of the tellers or patrons were injured in the robbery. Pierce was treated by EMS for a minor injury to his hand after the dye pack located in the stolen money exploded.

All four suspects were charged with the below listed offenses.

* Larry J. Pierce, 30, Dover, Delaware
* Robbery 1st
* Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony
* Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Marijuana)
* Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (2 counts)
* Aggravated Menacing (7 counts)
* Wearing a Disguise during the Commission of a Felony
* Conspiracy 2nd
* Resisting Arrest
Arraigned and currently being held on $204,000.00 cash bond.


* Phillip O. Yates, 30, Dover, Delaware
* Robbery 1st
* Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
* Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Marijuana)
* Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (2 counts)
* Aggravated Menacing (7 counts)
* Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony
* Conspiracy 2nd
* Resisting Arrest
Arraigned and currently being held $204,000.00 cash bond.


* Vannessa Singletary, 26, Suffolk, Va.
* Robbery 1st
* Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony
* Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Marijuana)
* Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (2 counts)
* Aggravated Menacing (7 counts)
* Wearing a Disguise during the Commission of a Felony
* Conspiracy 2nd
* Possession of Marijuana
Arraigned and currently being held on $203,500.00 cash bond.


* Dashunda L. Harmon, 25, Milton, Delaware
* Robbery 1st
* Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
* Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Marijuana)
* Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited
* Aggravated Menacing (7 counts)
* Wearing a Disguise during the Commission of a Felony
* Conspiracy 2nd
Arraigned and currently being held on $193,000.00 cash bond.


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