Attempted Robbery on South Main Street

On April 14, 2021, at about 1040 hours, Newark Police responded to the parking lot of the Park ‘n Shop shopping center on South Main Street for a report of an attempted robbery.  Responding officers contacted a victim who was with her vehicle.  The victim reported that she was inside a business at the shopping center when a male suspect removed her vehicle keys that were on a table in the business.  The suspect fled with the keys and gave the keys to a second suspect who was waiting outside.  The second suspect used the keys to start the victim’s vehicle and the victim then entered the back seat of the vehicle.

A witness to the incident approached the car to help the victim and was struck in the face by one of the suspects.  Both suspects then fled the area on foot towards Apple Road with a third suspect who was present at the scene.

During this incident, the witness who was punched suffered minor injury and was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel but declined transportation to a hospital.  The owner of the vehicle did not suffer any injury.

The suspects are described as three black males between 16-18 years of age wearing masks.  One male was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and another male was wearing all black clothing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. A. Whitt at (302) 366-7100 x. 3483 or awhitt@newark.de.us.  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.

Newark Police to Participate in the 20th National Take Back Initiative – Saturday April 24th

On Saturday April 24th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Newark Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Newark Police Department at 220 South Main Street, Newark.  The disposal site cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps – only pills or patches.  The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.

This event is DEA’s 20th nationwide event since its inception 10 years ago.

Last fall, Americans turned in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs at over 4,500 sites operated by the DEA and over 4,100 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.  Please wear a mask when entering the Newark Police Department lobby to dispose of medications and drugs.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

According to the DEA:

  • Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
  • The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends —and the home medicine cabinet.
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.

Sharps and syringes will NOT be accepted due to the  potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.

For further information, visit DEATakeBack.com.  The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More information is available here: .