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July 9, 2024

Sussex County, DE - Delaware State Police arrested 42-year-old Thomas Pusey of Frankford, Delaware, for robbery and stolen vehicle charges following multiple investigations that occurred in Kent County and Sussex County on Friday.

On July 5, 2024, at approximately 11:41 a.m., Troop 3 Troopers responded to Hertrich Chevrolet of Dover, located at 1450 South Dupont Highway, for a report of a stolen vehicle.

Upon arriving, troopers learned an unknown white male suspect arrived at the dealership in a Mini Cooper and requested to test drive a vehicle. The suspect then got into a gray 2024 Chevrolet Silverado, locked himself inside, and disregarded the car salesman trying to stop him as he fled from the dealership without providing any identification.

Troopers conducted a computer inquiry on the Mini Cooper the suspect arrived in and learned it was registered to a Frankford, Delaware, address. Through investigative means, troopers learned the stolen Silverado was tracking at a residence on Powell Farm Road in Frankford. Troop 4 Troopers responded to the residence and located the stolen Silverado in the driveway.

Troopers made contact with the home's occupant, identified as Thomas Pusey, and took into custody without incident. Troopers further learned Pusey had trespassed onto his neighbor's property and stole the Mini Cooper. Pusey then drove the stolen Mini Cooper to Hertrich Chevrolet of Dover, where he left the Mini Cooper, and stole the Silverado.

During the investigation of the stolen Silverado, troopers identified Pusey as the suspect responsible for a robbery that occurred on July 5, 2024, at approximately 1:05 p.m., at the Walgreens, located at 34960 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.

The robbery investigation revealed Pusey went behind the pharmacy counter after he was unable to fill his prescription and grabbed medications. Pusey then got into a physical altercation with two Walgreens employees who were attempting to prevent him from taking the medications. Pusey ultimately dropped the medications and fled from Walgreens in the stolen truck.

Pusey was taken to Troop 4, where he was charged with the crimes listed below, arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2, and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $13,450 cash bond.

  • Robbery 2nd Degree (Felony)
  • Theft of a Motor Vehicle (Felony) - 2 counts
  • Attempted to Commit Theft $1,500 or Greater (Felony)
  • Offensive Touching - 2 counts
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Criminal Trespass 1st Degree
  • Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree
  • Breach of Release