Police: NY men arrested for Del. Zales robbery

Phillip Collier and Andre Lynch

August 7, 2012 2:23:58 PM PDT
Police have identified the two men arrested for the robbery of a Zales jewelry store at the Christiana Mall in Newark, Delaware.

Phillip A. Collier, 40, of Brooklyn and Andre Lynch, 40, of Brooklyn were arrested shortly after the robbery on Monday afternoon.

Police say it was at 2:17 p.m. when an armed man, now identified as Collier, entered the store and confronted a clerk. Collier allegedly pulled a gun and ordered four female employees to fill a bag full of jewelry.

Collier then ordered the workers into a bathroom inside the office then fled from the store, police said.

Troopers were quickly given a description of the getaway vehicle and a license plate number.

The vehicle, described as a brown Ford Expedition with a Georgia license plate, was spotted on I-95 north of Churchman's Road.

Police followed the vehicle and stopped it on I-295 just prior to the Route 9 exit in New Castle at about 2:36 p.m.

They took two people into custody - the driver, identified as Lynch, and Collier.

The jewelry, valued at $160,000, was found inside the vehicle. Police say they also found a gun that was reported stolen from Virginia Beach, Va.

Collier and Lynch were arrested, charged and ordered to be held $978,000 cash bond each.