Police: Alleged York-area bank robber behind Delaware dollar-store holdup
A Maryland man accused of possessing child pornography and trying to solicit a minor for sex was free on $250,000 bail last week when he allegedly robbed a York Township bank and a Delaware dollar store within hours of each other, according to police.
Sean Michael Wayda, of 511 Compton Ave. in Laurel, was captured Saturday in Prince George's County, Maryland, and remains in custody awaiting extradition to Delaware, according to court records.
York Area Regional Police will file robbery charges and extradition paperwork against Wayda, regional Sgt. Peter Montgomery confirmed.
Wayda turns 29 on Friday, according to court records.
Montgomery said Wayda is the man who robbed the Fulton Bank at 2057 S. Queen St. in York Township about 9:20 a.m. Aug. 13.
He neither brandished a weapon nor threatened to have one when he allegedly demanded cash from a teller, according to the sergeant.
Gunpoint robbery: But Wayda did use a gun while allegedly robbing the Dollar Tree store on North DuPont Highway in Dover, Delaware, just before 9 p.m. the same day, according to a news release from Dover Police.
He pointed the gun at employees after pulling it from his shorts, then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, Dover Police said.
The next day, investigators in both police departments realized they were looking for the same man, Montgomery said.
An alert citizen spotted surveillance photos of the Fulton Bank robber and the Dollar Tree robber — posted online by media outlets — and called York Area Regional Police on Friday to let them know it appeared from the photos that the same man robbed both businesses, according to the sergeant, who said Dover and York Area investigators then began comparing notes.
It was Dover Police who first identified Wayda as the robber, Montgomery said.
Wayda left behind a demand note during the Dollar Tree holdup, according to Montgomery, and Dover Police used a latent fingerprint lifted from it to determine the robber's identity.
A Prince George's County Police spokeswoman said she could not immediately answer questions about how deputies found Wayda or provide details of his fugitive arrest.
Free on bail: Wayda was free on a quarter-million-dollar bond at the time of the robberies, charged in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, with three counts of sexual solicitation of a minor and 10 counts of possessing child pornography, according to court records.
On June 15, a warrant apprehension team from the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office went to Wayda's home to arrest him on the child-porn and solicitation charges but learned he had fled the residence, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
The team then tracked him down to his job in Howard County, the release states.
As team members walked into the office building, Wayda tried to flee into the parking lot but was arrested without incident, according to the release.
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