Two suspects arrested in connection to December 2018 Laurel truck stop armed robbery

West (left) and Alston

LAUREL, Del. – A months-long investigation into a December 2018 truck stop robbery wrapped up this week with the arrest of two suspects.

The investigation began back in December 2018, when police responded to an armed robbery at the Oasis Travel Plaza in Laurel. Soon after this incident it was learned that five other robberies were reported to various police departments, in which similar suspect descriptions were given.

Further investigation led police to identify two suspects, 36-year-old James West of Dover and 38-year-old Samoyed Alston of Laurel.

West was taken into custody on Wednesday at the Carvel Gardens apartments, and a search warrant was obtained for an apartment in the complex. Officers from the Laurel Police Department, Seaford Police Department, Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit, and Troop 5 executed the search warrant, locating a black BB gun that was used by West during the robberies as well as several other items linking him to the crimes.

After learning that West was living at a second residence in the unit block of Forest Creek Drive in Dover, another search warrant was obtained, revealing additional items that linked him to the crime.

Officials learned that Alston was on active probation. Police responded to his residence on Saint George Road in Laurel and found two parked vehicles that were used during the robberies. Alston was taken into custody and search warrants were obtained to seize the vehicles from the property.

West was charged with six counts of robbery first degree, six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, nine counts of aggravated menacing, six counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, six counts of conspiracy second degree, and three counts of terroristic threatening. He is currently being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on $189,000 cash only bond.

Alston was charged with six counts of robbery first degree and six counts of conspiracy second degree. He is currently being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on $86,000 cash only bond. Maryland State Police charges are currently pending.

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