A New Castle man has been arrested in connection with two recent robberies of a Concord Pike gas station that has been targeted three times in just two weeks.
Delaware State Police say 42-year-old James O. Tillman of New Castle carried out two knifepoint robberies of the Exxon gas station at 5301 Concord Pike, the second one occurring on Monday night.
The first of the crimes took place on December 23rd at 10:55 am, when a male suspect brandishing a knife stole an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing on foot. The second incident happened last night, Monday, December 30 shortly after 6:00 pm.
State Troopers were called to the same Exxon for a report of a robbery involving a knife. A search of the area led police to Tillman who was aboard a DART bus at a stop in the Brandywine Town Center. After taking Tillman into custody Troopers recovered cash and lottery tickets taken during the heist.
The Delaware State Police K-9 unit subsequently searched a wooded area adjacent to the gas station where Tillman had fled, where they recovered evidence further linking him to both robberies.
Tillman was transported to Troop 2 where he was charged with two counts each of Robbery 1st Degree, Possession of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony and Wearing a Disguise during the Commission of a Felony. He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #11 and then committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $104,000.00 cash bail.
Police say that Tillman “is not being considered as a suspect” in a third robbery that occurred on December 19th at the same ill-fated Concord Pike Exxon. A police spokesman says that crime is still “an active and ongoing investigation.”
Police said they do not know why this particular business has been targeted.