Police arrest robbery getaway driver
— The alleged getaway driver in an armed robbery that occurred at a convenience store earlier this week is now in custody, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators arrested the suspect, William Thomas Clarke, 30, of the 100 block of Cathedral Street in Elkton, on Wednesday after he was spotted in the area of Bridge Street and Cathedral Street, close to his residence, police said.
Clark was in a white 1998 Cadillac, which investigators had identified as the getaway car, when he was spotted moments before his arrest, police added.
Clarke’s arrest came one day after officers had
captured 29-year-old Frank Stephen Thodos — the man accused of carrying out the holdup at the 7-Eleven in the 1500 block of Elkton Road about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday — on Cathedral Street, where he had been spotted in a vehicle, police reported.
On Friday, Clark and Thodos remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $75,000 and $200,000 bonds respectively. They are facing several charges, including armed robbery, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and theft of less than $1,000. Clarke also is facing mirroring conspiracy counts, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Police allege that Clark drove Thodos to the 7-Eleven in that Cadillac to commit the armed robbery, which Thodos carried out without first making any effort to hide his face and hair, and then drove him away from the store after the holdup.
Thodos, who lives in the 100 block of Hollingsworth Manor in Elkton, allegedly alluded that he possessed a handgun during the robbery, police reported.
“He approached the clerk. He had his hand inside his waistband, indicating he had a weapon, and demanded money,” outlined Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman.
After the employee opened the register to comply, the suspect “took the whole cash register drawer” and then ran out of the store with it, Holmes reported.
A store surveillance camera videotaped the armed robbery, which assisted CCSO Det. Jeremy Strohecker in identifying the Thodos as the suspect, police said. As it turns out, police added, Strohecker knows Thodos.
“The suspect made no attempt to conceal his face,” Holmes said. “As soon as Detective Strohecker saw the surveillance video, he recognized the suspect as Frank Thodos. He has had prior contacts with the suspect.”
During the investigation that followed, Strohecker was able to identify Clarke as the getaway driver, according to police.
This surveillance photo shows the man who allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven near Elkton early Tuesday morning. He has since been identified and arrested, police reported.