Monday night incident ups our fear factor

Reality hit a little too close to home again this week.

According to Delaware State Police, Hickman’s Package Store on Cedar Neck Road was the victim of an armed robbery on the evening of Monday, June 20. Police said that two male suspects entered the store around 10:10 p.m., approached a female employee at the counter and demanded cash. One of the suspects was reportedly armed with an unknown-type handgun.

Both Billo Hickman, owner of the package store, and the owners of neighboring Tom & Terry’s Seafood Market are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the crime. Hickman is offering a $2,000 reward, while Tom & Terry’s has offered another $1,000.

“It’s our neighbor, and we’ve known them, and it’s in our best interest to find this guy and get him off the streets,” said Joe Godleski, Tom & Terry’s owner. “It’ll be good for all of us.”

Indeed, it will.

We are not exactly strangers to crime in this area, particularly over the past several years. But most of those incidents involve people “breaking into” unlocked cars or sheds, or sneaking into businesses after hours, when nobody is likely to be hurt.

This crime turns it all up a notch, and the Hickman’s employee is fortunate she wasn’t hurt, or worse.

We encourage anybody with information on this case to step forward, before something dreadful happens in the future.