Delaware man charged in series of robberies

 Charles Butler, 51, of Hockessin, faces charges in a string of robberies this month. (photo courtesy Del. State Police)

Charles Butler, 51, of Hockessin, faces charges in a string of robberies this month. (photo courtesy Del. State Police)

A Hockessin man is facing a string of charges connected to a series of business burglaries in northern Delaware this month.

Police arrested 51-year-old Charles Butler on Friday, Dec. 18 after his pickup truck matched the description of the getaway vehicle from a robbery at a Wilmington Wawa. The suspect in that robbery on Philadelphia Pike was armed with a wrench and demanded cash from the clerk around 3 a.m. Friday.

Police caught up with Butler a short time later and took him into custody following a brief struggle.

Police said they’ve connected Butler to eight other robberies in New Castle County since December 4th. Those incidents include the following:

Dunkin Donuts, 4902 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, December 4, 2105 at 12:08 a.m.
Pat’s Pizza, 3604 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, December 5, 2105 at 10:46 a.m.
Wawa, 1 Salem Church Road, Newark, December 6, 2015 at 2:12 a.m.
Exxon, 2007 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, December 17, 2015 at 1:07 a.m.
7-11, 13 Red Mill Road, Newark, December 17, 2015 at 5:45 a.m.
Work N Gear, 3839 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, December 17, 2015 at 2:34 p.m.
Pickles & Chip’s, 1707 Foulk Road, Wilmington, December 17, 2015 at 5:28 p.m.
Fairfax Cleaners, 3 Fairfax Blvd., Wilmington, December 17, 2015 at 5:38 p.m.

Butler is facing seven counts of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery and other charges. He’s being held at Wilmington’s Young Prison on $456,000 secured bail.

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