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Troopers Confirm Explosives Used In Takeover Robbery At Claymont WAWA

Wilmington- Delaware State Police are investigating an attempted robbery inside of a Wawa that occurred early this morning, according to Public Information Officer, Corporal/1 Jason Hatchell.

Hatchell said the incident occurred on November 5, 2020, at approximately 4:49 a.m., when Troopers were dispatched to Wawa, located at 301 Ridge Road, Wilmington, for a report of an attempted robbery. Upon arrival, Troopers met with store employees who advised two subjects armed with crowbars demanded everyone to the ground. The suspects set an explosive charge to the ATM located inside the store, but were unsuccessful at gaining access to the safe inside of the ATM. The suspects then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

There is currently no description of the suspects.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is assisting with the investigation regarding the explosion.

The case continues to remain under investigation and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please contact Detective Dukes of the Troop 2 Criminal Investigative Unit, at 302-365-8412.

Breaking Report

Just after 4:45, this morning firefighters from the Claymont Fire Company were dispatched to the Wawa at 301 Ridge Road in Claymont to assist State Police in what is believed to be a robbery investigation. Investigators with the Deleware State Fire Marshal’s Office also responded to the scene.

Sources familiar with the incident have told First State Update that some sort of explosive devices were used to open the ATM’s during what they described as an armed robbery. Officials have not confirmed this to be the case.

Additional sources told First State Update that an employee at a nearby Wawa reported that the ATMs were robbed and that the store would be closed for the day.

No injuries have been reported.

In recent months Philadelphia Police have reported a string of brazen robbery attempts where thieves have used explosives to destroy ATM’s.

This is a developing story. We will update this story when officials release additional details.

Claymont Fire Company
Thursday November, 5 2020 @ 04:47
Nature: Mutual Aid Response
Location: Wawa Ridge Rd – Analine Village
Address: 301 Ridge Rd Claymont, DE 19703
Cross Streets: Naamans Rd / Virginia Ave

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