UPDATE: Surveillance photos released in Ellendale attempted robbery, suspect wanted

State Police say they are continuing to investigate the attempted robbery of a gas station in Ellendale, and have now released surveillance footage of the suspect.

Delaware State Police say on Sunday around 9:45 PM, a man walked into the Country Corners Market – Exxon Station, on Beach Highway, and confronted an 18-year-old employee.

According to the report, the man, armed with a handgun, demanded money from the register, but the clerk refused, and then chased the suspect out of the store. He was apparently last seen running eastbound on Beach Highway. The clerk was reportedly not injured in the incident.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, standing 5’06” – 5’09” tall, and weighing between 130-170 pounds, last seen wearing a black T-shirt with a long sleeve white shirt underneath and a black mask on his face, all while armed with a handgun.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact Troop 4 Major Crimes Unit at 302-856-5850 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Tips can also be sent through the Tip Submit website, or by sending an anonymous text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Delaware State Police extended the following information for business owners:
The Delaware State Police would like to remind the business community that robbery prevention is something business owners need to cover with new hires as well as current employees on a regular basis.
Anytime there is money in a place, there is a chance that someone will want that money, and is willing to use force to get it. You can take some simple steps to help reduce the chances that you, or your business, will be robbed. There is no way to fully prevent robbery, but you can reduce the odds of becoming a victim.
Methods for Discouraging a Robber
· Lock unused doors.
· Avoid working alone. If you must work alone, turn on a radio or TV so robbers will think there is someone with you.
· Vary the schedule and route you take for your bank deposits each day, keep only the necessary cash on hand.
· Make sure your cash register is clearly visible to passers-by.
· Avoid placing signs or displays near windows, because they block visibility from the street.
· Display signs at entrances and exits indicating that safes require secondary keys, which are not in the possession of employees.
· Advertise your security alarm system with signs in visible locations.
· Place colored markings at the exits to estimate the suspect’s height as they leave.
· A robbery may be over in less than a minute. You need a quick eye to get a good look at the robber. That’s why some stores place hidden cameras behind cash registers.

If a Robbery Occurs
· Call police immediately by dialing 9-1-1, before calling anyone else.
· Someone points a gun at you and demands your money. What do you do? Give it to him/her! Never refuse a robber.
· Remain calm. You will be able to give a better description to the police. Most robbers do not harm the victim.
· Do not resist. Cooperate with the robber, but do not volunteer any information or do anything other than what he asks. He may be armed and may harm you or others if you do not cooperate. Listen carefully to him/her, and pay attention to the robber’s appearance and demeanor.
· Try to avoid sudden moves. Many robbers are just as nervous as you are.
· The most important thing to do if you’re robbed is to do as you’re told and try to observe. The description of the suspect that you give to the police may be the only information they have to work with.

Steps to Take After a Robbery
· Wait until the suspect has left the store and then sound the alarm.
· Call 9-1-1. Tell the dispatcher the name and address of your business. Give a brief description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle if known.
· Ask customers to stay and wait for the police.
· When your witnesses have agreed to stay, lock the doors until the police arrive.
· Preserve the crime scene and make sure the witnesses are aware that they should not touch anything that the suspect may have touched.
Ask all witnesses and staff members to write down their observations of the suspect description.

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