Troopers: Gunman Who Robbed New Castle Wawa Charged, Released On Unsecured Bond

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New Castle – The Delaware State Police have arrested 55-year-old James McHugh of New Castle in connection with the armed robbery of a New Castle area convenience store that occurred last month, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 1:36 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the Wawa located at 7 E. Basin Rd., New Castle. A male suspect later identified as McHugh, approached the clerk at the sales counter, displayed a handgun, and stole cigarettes, according to Austin. After the robbery, McHugh was observed fleeing the area in a dark-colored Chevy SUV.

Through various investigative leads and measures detectives identified the suspect vehicle as a black Chevy Equinox with Delaware tags which were positively linked to McHugh.

On Friday, July 12, 2019, the Equinox was observed traveling on U.S. 13 in the area I-295 and McHugh was identified as the driver. A traffic stop was conducted and McHugh was taken into custody without incident. A subsequent search of McHugh’s residence in the unit block of Godwin Road in New Castle and the Equinox produced evidence further linking him to the robbery, said Austin.

McHugh was charged with one count each of Robbery 1st Degree and Shoplifting. He was then arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #2 and released on $20,000.00 unsecured bond.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective T. Dukes of the Troop 2 Robbery Unit by calling 302-365-8412.

Original Story

New Castle – The Delaware State Police are investigating the robbery of a New Castle Convenience Store that occurred early Wednesday morning, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said the incident occurred at approximately 1:36 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the Wawa Convenience Store located at 7 East Commons Boulevard, New Castle, Delaware. A male suspect approached the clerk at the sales counter, displayed a handgun, and stole cigarettes, said Bratz. The suspect was described as white male approximately 60 years old, 5’08” tall with a thin build and fled in a black SUV onto eastbound West Basin Road. The suspect was last seen traveling into the entrance of Chelsea Estates/ Cumberland Farms. The employee was not injured as a result of the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Troop 2 Robbery Unit at 302-365-8566.

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