DSP arrest two men for robbery

1280 Seaford Burglary Arrest

Merillo (left) and Wright

SEAFORD, Del. – Delaware State Police say they have charged two men on robbery and other related charges.

Troopers say on August 17th at around 5:40 p.m., they were called to the R & F Auto Sales in Seaford for a reported robbery. Troopers met with a 60-year-old man who reported that he and his friend, 40-year-old Steven Merillo, had driven to the business to obtain a dealer dag as the two of them were going to drive to Waldorf, Maryland to pick up a Suburban that the victim was purchasing.

The victim reported that on arrival, Merillo got out of the vehicle for approximately five minutes, when the victim was approached by an unknown man. The man then reportedly got into the back seat of the vehicle and pointed a handgun at the victim while demanding money. In the meantime, Merillo went back to the vehicle and got into the passenger seat. The victim and suspect got into a physical altercation, in which the victim was hit in the head with what was later determined to be a fake handgun. The suspect stole an unknown amount of cash from the victim before fleeing the scene.

It was reported that during this incident, Merillo did not try to intervene or have any contact with the suspect. The victim sustained minor injuries that did not require medical attention.

Through further investigation, it was learned that Merillo conspired with the suspect, later identified as 48-year-old Spencer Wright, to commit the robbery. Merillo was taken into custody later that day and was charged with first degree robbery, second degree assault, theft, and second degree conspiracy. He was held at SCI on a $148,000 cash only bail.

Wright was taken into custody on Monday at his residence in the 21000 block of Mill Park Drive in Bridgeville. He was charged with first degree robbery, second degree assault, theft, second degree conspiracy, and criminal trespass. He was held at SCI on a $57,001 secured bond.

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