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From left, Alexa Tucker, Tevin Luff and Derrick Jacobs Jr.

Armed robberies

Three arrested for robberies in Newark, New Castle areas

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2:50 p.m., Oct. 30, 2015--Quick response from University of Delaware Police officers led to the arrest of three individuals connected to a string of armed robberies that have occurred in the Newark and New Castle areas over the past few weeks.

UD Police responded to a complaint on Thursday, Oct. 29, of a group of suspicious people getting into cars in a campus parking lot. Witnesses provided descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle. 

A short time later, UD Police located the suspects, conducted a traffic stop, searched their vehicle and found two Airsoft BB guns, bandannas, rubber gloves and other items. They also found items later identified as having been taken from vehicles in campus parking lots. 

During the course of the investigation, UD officers learned that the suspects matched the description of the suspects in several armed robberies that had occurred in the New Castle County area. 

Delaware State Police detectives were then contacted and, through further investigation and the execution of two search warrants, they were able to link the three to several armed robberies that had occurred since Oct. 11 in Newark and New Castle. 

The list of robberies includes:

• 7-11, 699 East Chestnut Hill Rd., Newark, at 2:02 a.m., Oct. 11; 

• 7-11, 100 Four Seasons Parkway, Newark, at 4:56 a.m., Oct. 11 (attempt only);

• 7-11, 60 South Gerald Drive, Newark, at 12:55 a.m., Oct. 12; 

• Wawa, 274 East Chestnut Hill Rd., Newark, at 3:25 a.m., Oct. 18;

• 7-11, 60 South Gerald Drive, Newark, on at 2:02 a.m., Oct. 27; 

• 7-11, 699 East Chestnut Hill Rd., at 2:16 a.m., Oct. 27; and

• Valero, 891 South DuPont Highway, New Castle, at 1:17 a.m., Oct. 29.  

Alexa Tucker, 19, of Newark, was charged by Delaware State Police with seven counts of first degree robbery, six counts of second degree conspiracy and attempted first degree robbery. She was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 and then committed to the Delores Baylor Correctional Institution for lack of $77,500 secured bail.

Tevin Luff, 21, of Wilmington was charged by troopers with two counts of first degree robbery, two counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and two counts of second degree conspiracy. He was also arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 and then committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution for lack of $29,000 cash bail.

Derrick Jacobs Jr., 19, of Newark, was charged by troopers with six counts of first degree robbery, five counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, five counts of second degree conspiracy and first degree attempted robbery. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 and then committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution for lack of $92,500 secured bail.

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