Just In: Middletown Police Name Bank Robbery Suspect, Search Underway

On August 5th, 2019 at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Middletown Police Department was dispatched to the M&T Bank located at 399 E. Main Street in reference to a bank robbery that just occurred, according to Lt. Dawn Misino.

Misino said investigators learned that a male subject entered the bank and presented the teller with a demand note. The suspect then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Through investigation and working with the Delaware State Police Detective Division, it was learned that the same suspect committed a similar robbery approximately one hour later at Wells Fargo Bank located on the 800 Block of Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington DE, said Misino.

Michael J. Wheeler, b/m, DOB 12/28/1979 was identified as the suspect in both robberies and subsequently linked to a robbery that occurred on Friday, August 2, 2019 in Felton, DE.

Police are currently seeking the whereabouts for Michael J. Wheeler. If you have information regarding these incidents or know his whereabouts please contact police at 302-573-2800.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com


Bellefonte – The Delaware State Police are investigating the robbery of a North Wilmington Wells Fargo Bank that occurred just after noon today, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 12:22 p.m., Monday, August 5, 2019, at the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 814 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, when a male suspect approached a teller and produced a note demanding cash. The teller complied with the demand and turned over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who was last seen fleeing on foot, northbound on Philadelphia Pike. The teller was not injured as a result of the incident.

This same suspect is believed to be responsible for two other robberies that have taken place at banks in Delaware since Friday. The first occurred on Friday, August 2, at the WSFS located on Irish Hill Rd. in Felton, with the second occurring at approximately 11:06 a.m., on today’s date, at the M&T Bank, located at 399 E. Main St., in Middletown, which is being investigated by the Town of Middletown Police Department.

The suspect was described as a black male, wearing a black shirt. (The photo above is from the WSFS robbery in Felton.)

Detectives from the Delaware State Police and the Middletown Police Department are continuing to work in conjunction with the F.B.I. on this active and ongoing investigation.

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

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Wilmington – Delaware State Police(DPS) are currently investigating a bank robbery that occurred around noon on Monday at 814 Philadelphia Pike in Wilmington.

Trooper 4 and K-9 Units have also been deployed in the area.

Suspect and incident details will be released when DSP releases further details.

A K-9 can be seen tracking in the photo above.


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