Crime spree at Delaware Park casino

Three robberies in about as many weeks — that’s how many robberies have been reported outside Delaware Park casino.

The most recent incident occurred Wednesday afternoon; the victim was an 85-year-old Coatesville, PA man. Delaware State Police say a man approached the casino patron from behind in the parking lot. The victim was assaulted and his wallet was stolen, according to police. The suspect was last seen fleeing the scene in a black Chrysler PT Cruiser.

But this isn’t the first robbery at the Stanton casino. On Monday, April 4th, DSP arrested 46-year-old Deborah Burton of New Castle, after they say she attacked a 76-year-old Virginia woman inside a casino bathroom shortly before 7 p.m. Police nabbed Burton while she was attempting to use the stolen debit card at the casino.

Finally, last month, DSP arrested 21-year-old Scott Smagala, Jr., in connection with an early morning robbery of two Delaware Park casino employees in the casino parking lot. Detectives say the two women had finished work for the day and were heading to their car.

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When asked about the rash of incidents, Delaware State Police replied to WHYY via email.

“The Delaware State Police in conjunction with the Division of Gaming Enforcement will be coordinating with Delaware Park Security in reference to these incidents. Patrol troopers, park security, and extra duty officers will be more vigilant in their patrols of the parking lots of the casino.”

DSP would also like to remind the public to take these precautions while out in public:

Park only in well-lit areas.
Always be aware of suspicious people around you.
Carry your purse close to your body, not over your shoulder.
Walk in a group, if possible, or contact security or a police officer for an escort.

Meantime, DSP is asking for the public’s help locating the suspect in the April 6th robbery. Anyone with information is asked to contact robbery detectives at 302-834-2630 ext. 6. You can also text your tip by texting keyword, “DSP,” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES) or submit information online.

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