Liquor store owners robbed at gunpoint

January 11, 2011 12:49:39 PM PST
New Castle County Police are investigating an armed robbery of a Wilmington liquor store.

At 8:19 p.m. last Thursday, County Police responded to the Cleland Heights Liquor Store, located in the 1100 block of South Rodney Drive, for a report of a robbery that just occurred.

When police arrived, the two victims, the store owners, a 65-year-old male and 58-year-old female, said they were just accosted and robbed by three men who had their faces concealed, one of which who brandished a handgun.

The investigation has revealed that the female victim was at the register when she was approached by a male suspect who was carrying a handgun and wearing a camouflage jacket and camouflage face mask. The other two suspects who were wearing black jackets and black ski masks approached the male victim as he was seated in a chair at the front of the store, behind the counter.

Police learned the suspect then held the female victim at gunpoint and demanded cash from the register. The woman handed the gunman an undisclosed amount of cash, prior to three of the robbers fleeing the store.

A fourth male was observed standing by the front door as the other suspects made their way out the door. They all ran in the direction of St. Elizabeth's High School.

The suspects are described as:

  • A black male, approximately 5'10" tall with an average build, wearing a camouflage jacket and mask and carrying a silver handgun.
  • A black male, approximately 5'05" tall with a larger build, wearing a black jacket and black ski mask
  • A black male, approximately 5'08" tall with an average build, wearing a black jacket and black ski mask
  • A black male wearing a black jacket

    The subjects' images were captured by the stores surveillance camera and police are seeking the public's assistance with identifying the suspects. To offer information regarding this crime, please contact the New Castle County Police Department at 395-8110 or visit our website at Citizens may also provide a text tip at: 847411 (TIP411), begin your message with NCCPD and then type your message. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.