Serial burglar nabbed; crook robbed Maiale Deli and PA Ave 7-11 multiple times

A man suspected of robbing two Wilmington businesses on multiple occasions was arrested by police leaving the scene of another burglary.

State police had been investigating a series of overnight burglaries at Maiale Deli and Salumeria on Lancaster Pike and the 7-11 on Pennsylvania Avenue when they were called to the BP Station on Concord Pike on May 8 at 5:28 am. 


A witness said a man had stolen merchandise from the gas station then fled on foot.  Shortly thereafter, Troopers came across 32-year-old Samuel L. Wilson of Wilmington, in possession of the stolen property.  Video surveillance also identified Wilson as the suspect.

Samuel Wilson has been arrested in connection with multiple robberies of two Wilmington-area businesses

Through their investigation, police believe Wilson to be the suspect who committed additional commercial burglaries including four at Maiale Deli located at 3301 Lancaster Pike, on March 31, at 3:39 am, April 22 at 4:06 am, April 25 at 4:47 am and an attempted burglary on April 29 in the overnight hours.


Police say Wilson also robbed Discount Tobacco & Mini Mart located at 2800 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, on March 24, 2020, at 9:34 p.m.

In addition, since the end of April, Wilson is accused of five burglaries at the 7-11 convenience store located at 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington. On May 9, 2020, Wilmington Police Department charged Wilson with burglary and related charges.


Wilson was charged by state police with the following crimes:

  • Wearing a Disguise during the Commission of a Felony (5 counts)
  • Burglary 3rd Degree (Felony-6 counts)
  • Possession of Burglary Tools (Felony- 5 counts)
  • Theft Under $1500 (6 counts)
  • Theft of a Firearm (Felony)
  • Criminal Mischief Under $1000 Damage Property (6 counts)
  • Failure to Obey Emergency (6 counts)


Wilson was arraigned by Justice of the Peace and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $47,000.00 secured bond.

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