Police: Del. woman tried to rob six convenience stores in four hours

alleged attempted rob
Melissa Hutchison, 32. (Credit: Delaware State Polie).

Delaware State Police on Saturday arrested a Newark woman after she allegedly attempted to rob six convenience stores in less than four hours.

Investigators said Melissa Hutchison, 32, started her rampage around 1 a.m. Saturday morning at a Wawa on Pulaski Highway in Bear.

Hutchison allegedly put her hands in her sweatshirt, told the clerk she had a gun and demanded money.

When the employee refused, police said Hutchison fled.

The woman just 20 minutes later tried her luck at a Shell gas station on North DuPont Highway in New Castle, according to police.

Hutchison allegedly again concealed her hand in her pocket and told the clerk she was armed.

This time, authorities said the woman made away with an undisclosed amount of cash, fleeing in a vehicle.

Apparently, the haul wasn’t enough for Hutchison – police said she reappeared shortly before 4:45 a.m. at a 7-Eleven on Maryland Avenue in Wilmington.

Hutchison allegedly held a candy bar under her shirt “in such a fashion as to make it appear she had a concealed gun,” according to a release from police.

Investigators said the astute store clerk knew Hutchison was holding a candy bar and refused her demand, prompting her to leave the store.

Hutchison allegedly drove directly to a 7-Eleven on Kirkwood Highway in Wilmington, told the clerk she was armed and demanded money.

When she found the employee to be uncooperative, police said Hutchison tried to open the register herself, but was unsuccessful and fled.

Authorities said Hutchison immediately drove to a Dunkin Donuts about a block away.

This time, she allegedly stuck a pair of sunglasses under her sweatshirt to mimic a gun and demanded cash from two clerks.

When they refused, Hutchison again “futilely tried to open the register herself,” police said.

The woman fled when one of the clerks began to yell at her.

Undeterred, Hutchison allegedly moved on to a Shell gas station shortly before 5 a.m., where police said she again concealed her hand in her clothing and demanded money.

Police said when the attendant didn’t comply, Hutchison threatened to shoot him, banged on the cash register and fled.

A New Castle County police officer tried to stop Hutchison as she left the Shell station, but she allegedly tried to flee.

Polie said she crashed her vehicle and was arrested.

No injuries were reported, but an investigation allegedly revealed the car Hutchison was driving had been stolen from an acquaintance, whose wallet Hutchison is also accused of pilfering.

State Police detectives charged Hutchison with six counts of attempted first-degree robbery.

She also faces first-degree robbery, theft of a motor vehicle and traffic offenses from New Castle County police regarding her alleged single successful robbery of the DuPont Highway Shell station, along with the alleged vehicle theft and crash.

Hutchison was jailed at the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institute on $461,000 secured bail.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

National

PHOTO: New Zealand Heral uses wrong image to…

The New Zealand Herald made a terrible mistake of using the wrong image to illustrate the tragic death of Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland – a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier who…

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.