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Troopers Identify Suspect They Say Pepper Sprayed Officer During Robbery

The Delaware State Police are attempting to locate 26-year-old Preyana White, who is wanted on outstanding robbery and theft warrants in addition to multiple New Castle County Court of Common Pleas capiases, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said in November 2019 White committed a robbery at the Macy’s Concord Mall location during which she assaulted an employee while fleeing the business after committing a shoplifting. On the same date, White committed a second robbery at Five Below in Wilmington wherein a police officer was assaulted by White during her flight from the crime scene, said Austin.

White is wanted by the Troop 2 Robbery Unit for Robbery 1st Degree (2 counts), Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting arrest. She is also wanted by Troop 1 in regards to a 2018 theft incident.

White is described as a black female, 5’6” tall, 125 lbs. She has a last known address in Newark but is also known to frequent the City of Wilmington.

Anyone with information regarding White’s whereabouts are asked to contact Detective C. Hevelow of the Troop 2 Robbery Unit by calling 302-365-8471.

Original Story

The Delaware State Police are investigating two shoplifting incidents that took place along the Concord Pike corridor on Wednesday evening in which the suspect dispersed pepper spray, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the first incident occurred at approximately 5:49 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the Macy’s department store located in the Concord Mall. The pictured female suspect removed merchandise from the display and attempted to exit the store without paying. When confronted by a store employee the suspect sprayed them with pepper spray, before fleeing, said Austin.

Approximately 25 minutes later this same suspect committed a shoplifting at the 5 Below store, located at 3632 Concord Pike. During this incident, the suspect was again confronted by a store employee at which time she again produced a pepper spray canister, according to Austin. An off-duty police officer who witnessed the incident while shopping, intervened due to a safety concern for the employee at which time he was sprayed by the suspect.

The suspect, who was described as a black female, 30-40 years of age, 5’6”-5’9” tall, was observed fleeing both scenes in an older model, white sedan with Texas tags. The vehicle was reported to have noticeable right rear damage.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity or whereabouts are asked to contact Cpl. A. Ali at Troop 1 by calling 302-761-6677.


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