A tip from a witness led to a Delaware City man being charged with robbery Sunday, just hours after he allegedly grabbed a handful of cash out of the register at a New Castle deli.
William G. Craner, 50, entered Dom’s Deli in the Rambletown Acres shopping center in the 100 block of Prangs Lane about 3:30 p.m. and approached a 39-year-old female employee and a 12-year-old boy who were both behind the sales counter, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack.
Craner reportedly began asking about the prices of items he wanted to purchase, before noting that he needed to retrieve more money from his car.
After he returned, the woman rang up his order and opened the cash register, at which point Craner allegedly reached over the sales counter, shoved the employee in the chest and grabbed an undetermined amount of cash from the drawer.
The woman suffered a minor injury to her hand during the scuffle, while the boy was uninjured, Shavack said.
After the robbery, Craner ran to the parking lot, where a witness saw him get into a Honda Civic and drive away. The witness was able to record the license plate on Craner’s getaway car and provided it to responding troopers, Shavack said.
Troopers tracked the vehicle back to its registered address in the 100 block of Fifth Street in Delaware City and took Craner into custody after further investigation linked him to the robbery.
Craner is charged with first-degree robbery and endangering the welfare of a child.
He is being held at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $13,000 secured bond, Shavack said.