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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 14 - August 20, 1998 Angle Moon photo Robber of Route 1 bank at large Rehoboth Beach Police Department detectives are investi- gating a bank robbery that occurred shortly after 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, at Mellon Bank in Rehoboth Beach Plaza, formerly Bay Mart Shopping Center, on Route 1. "An un- known white male walked in and displayed a note to the teller,? said Det. Keith Banks. He said he couldnot reveal the content of the note; no weapon was displayed. rhe teller did an excellent job, and complied as bank employees are trained to do. All of the employees did an excellent job." After the teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled south and was last spotted in the area of Boires Hair Design. "We're working with the FBI," said Banks, who said he is seeking information about any similar types of recently committed crimes that may have occurred within the region. Mellon Bank was last robbed in January 1997; it was also robbed once before that incident. Banks said he expects film that will provide an accttrate de- scription of the suspect to be available Friday, Aug. 14. How- ever, he believes the suspect is a white male with a medium- to-dark or tanned complexion, of stocky build and approxi- mately 5 feet 10 inches talL He was wearing a gray tank top, dark glasses and a baseball-style cap. Police are asking any- one with information to contact the department or Det. Banks at 227-2577 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 800-TIP-3333. West Rehoboth man captured; facing numerous charges By Kerry Kester pened to be patrolling in the area Eric Sumlin, 23, of West Re- when he spotted Sumlin riding to- hoboth, who was wanted by police ward West Rehoboth. "He knew and two of Delaware's courts, was he was wanted, so he stopped arrested Wednesday, Aug. 12, shortly after he allegedly commit- ted a burglary in Rehoboth Beach. Rehoboth Beach police charged him with misdemeanor theft, for allegedly stealing expensive tools from Bill Thoroughgood Jr. of Thoroughgood Appliances Inc. At approximately 11:45 a.m., Thoroughgood opened his van, parked behind the store on Re- hoboth Avenue, to load some ma- terials he needed for his next ser- vice call. When he returned to the van about five minutes later, he discovered that his toolbox, a bat- tery charger and two cordless drills were missing from the work truck. "The guy was watching me, apparently," said Thorough- good. "I never saw him, though." Thoroughgood said that before he had the opportunity to contact the Rehoboth Beach Police, an employee entered the front of the store and told him the state police had stopped a man near the end of Rehoboth Avenue Extended, and there were tools at the scene. Thoroughgood and the employee, Lester Puckett, immediately went to where state police had stopped Sumlin, who by then was on his way to his arrest processing. Thoroughgood said that Sgt. Ron Hagan of Troop 7 just hap- him," said Lt. Rick Chamberlin, state police spokesman. "Then he saw all the tools and contacted Re- hoboth Police." "He had camouflaged baggy pants, he had one drill in each side of his pants, and apparently he had my battery charger stuffed some- where - who knows where. He had my toolbox balanced across the handlebars while he was riding the bike," said Thoroughgood. He said that he believes that if Sumlin had entered West Re- hoboth, it would have been very unlikely that the tools, essential for his work and valued at more than $1,000, would ever have been recovered. "Another 300 yards, and that would have been the end of my stuff. I would never have seen my tools again if it weren't for Sgt. Ron Hagan catch- ing that guy. I'm sure of that." When the trooper checked records, he found that there were several outstanding arrests for Sumlin from Troop 7, five from the Court of Common Pleas and two from Superior Court. Two of the charges from Troop 7 stemmed from an Aug. 1 incident in West Rehoboth, where a rob- bery occurred when some people who inadvertently traveled into Continued on page 19 Get all freshest news in the Cape Gazette every week Subscribe today Call 645-7700 I IxlIOP'IN (q,L"l" (TIVIKI DIO Adults & Children Paint Your Own Pottery Mosaics Candle Glass Painting Woodworking OPEN DALLY 10 am. CREATABLE CRAFTS 146 Rehoboth Ave. 227-1020 Get a custom-designed California Closet. Twice the space. A place for everything. CALL FOR A FREE IN-HOME CONSULTATION Simplqy Your Life 227-7636 or 1-800 - 2 - Simplify 1994 California Closet Company. All Rights Reserved. Work:lwide Network Of Independently Owned And Operated Franchises. Look for the blue b white umbrellas for parking info, permits b change Change Machine at First St. b Rehoboth Ave. traffic island across from Rehoboth Fire Hall -- FREE Parking after September 20th -- Enjoy your stay with us and hurry back!