UPDATED - SUSPECT IDENTIFIED & ARRESTED - REHOBOTH POLICE SEEK TO ID ROBBERY SUSPECT

September 25th, 2017

Update:

With the assistance of the public, the Rehoboth Beach Police have identified the suspect in this case as Ronald J. Phelan, 54, of Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Based on a tip, Rehoboth Beach Police were able to identifiy and located Phelan on Wednesday (09/27/17) morning.  Investigators were unable to identify or confirm the theft of any merchandise in this case; however, Phelan was arrested for assaulting the store clerk.

Phelan was charged with 1 count of felony second degree assault.  Phelan was released on $5000.00 unsecured bail.

Prior Release:

Rehoboth Police asking for the public’s assistance to help identify a robbery suspect. 

On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, at around 1:30pm, the suspect pictured entered a store located in the first block of Rehoboth Avenue, removed jewelry from display, and left the store.  When confronted by the store clerk, a 78 year old male, the suspect responded by punching him in the face causing a minor laceration.    

The stolen merchandise is valued at under $100.00.

Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect pictured is asked to please contact Detective Tyler Whitman at (302) 524-1391 or submit a tip through Delaware Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-847-3333 or online at http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.  Anyone with information can also submit a tip online to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department via our webpage.

At this time no further information is being released to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

Presented by Lt. Jaime B. Riddle.