Harrington man jailed for bank robberies, arson

August 10, 2017

A 28-year-old Harrington man is in jail after police said he set a vehicle on fire after using it during two bank robberies.

Joshua Lewis was arrested Aug. 6 following an investigation into the fire and robberies conducted by the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office, the Greenwood Police Department and the Camden Police Department, said Chief Deputy Fire Marshal B. Scott Bullock.

On Aug. 3, Harrington firefighters responded to Pinepitch Road shortly before 7 p.m., where they found a vehicle engulfed in flames. Deputy State Fire Marshals determined the blaze was intentionally set. An investigation revealed the torched car was used during the July 28 robbery of Shore United Bank in Camden and Aug. 2 robbery of Discover Bank in Greenwood, Bullock said.

With the assistance of the Department of Justice, Lewis was pinged as the primary suspect in the three crimes. A search warrant was issued Aug. 5, but police initially were unable to locate Lewis, Bullock said.

On Aug. 6, Lewis was arrested by Dover police in connection with a third robbery in the state's capital.

Lewis is charged with second-degree arson, a felony, and faces several other felony charges related to the robberies. He was arraigned and sent to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $108,000 bond.