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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Three teens arrested for armed robbery of Spruance City Liquors near Smyrna

  • Delaware State Police have charged three teenagers with Friday's armed robbery of a liquor store just outside Smyrna town limits.
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  • Delaware State Police have charged three teenagers with Friday's armed robbery of a liquor store just outside Smyrna town limits.
    The crime occurred at 9:50 p.m., at Spruance City Liquors, 625 Smyrna-Clayton Boulevard, according to Sgt. Paul G. Shavack.
    Two male suspects entered the store wearing ski masks. One suspect was armed with a handgun and the other was carrying a backpack. The suspects approached the 46-year-old male clerk who was behind the sales counter. One suspect pointed the handgun at the clerk and demanded that he remove money from the cash register and put it inside the backpack that the second suspect was holding. The clerk complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash.
    The two suspects fled the store on foot with the cash, got in a vehicle that was a waiting behind the store, and drove away.
    There were no injuries during the incident.
    A radio dispatch with information about the robbery was initiated by the State Police Communications Center. Shortly after that, a Smyrna Police officer stopped a Nissan Sentra that was in the area.
    The Nissan was being driven by Branden Blackson, 19, of Smyrna. Dylan M. Wilson, 18, of Smyrna, and Andrew Burns, 17, of Clayton, were passengers in the car.
    The Smyrna officer was able to see a backpack and ski mask inside the car, matching the description from the robbery, Shavack said.
    All three teens were taken into custody without incident.
    After further investigation and interviews, police were able to connect the trio to the robbery, Shavack said. In a subsequent search of the Nissan, Delaware State Police found several articles of clothing and the backpack which contained the money connected to the robbery.
    Wilson was charged with first-degree robbery, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, and second-degree conspiracy. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $23,500 secured bond.
    Blackson was charged with first-degree robbery, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and second-degree conspiracy. He was committed to JTVCC on $21,000 secured bond.
    Burns was charged with first-degree robbery, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, and second-degree conspiracy. He was committed to the Stevenson House Detention Center on $36,000 cash bond.

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