Two New Jersey teens arrested for attempted robbery in Dover

DOVER, Del. – Police in Dover have arrested two New Jersey teens following an investigation into two attempted robberies.

At around 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Dover Police responded to the Gateway West parking lot to meet with a victim who reported that he was getting out of his vehicle in the parking lot when a male suspect wearing all black, later determined to be a 15-year-old male from Penns Grove, NJ, wrapped his arms around him and demanded the victim turn over his keys. The victim was able to get out of the suspect’s grip and call 9-1-1, while the suspect fled in a red passenger car with New Jersey registration.

Roughly ten minutes later, police responded to another call for an attempted robbery. The victim in this case reported that she parked her vehicle at Del-One and as she got out of the vehicle she was approached by a male, determined to be the same 15-year-old as the previous incident, who demanded she give him her keys The victim then got back into her vehicle and closed the door, and the suspect fled in a red passenger car with New Jersey registration.

Officers located the 15-year-old male and a 16-year-old male from Salem, Nj, running from the area on arrival. Both juveniles were taken into custody without incident. Officers searched the area and found a red 2012 Hyundai Azera with New Jersey registration that was reported stolen out of Carneys Point Township, NJ. Further investigation led police to determine that the 15-year-old was the suspect in both attempted robberies.

The 15-year-old male was charged with two counts of second degree attempted robbery, receiving stolen property over $1500, second degree conspiracy, and offensive touching. He was held at Stevenson House on a $16,100 cash bail.

The 16-year-old male was charged with receiving stolen property over $1500 and second degree conspiracy. He was released on an unsecured bond.

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