UPDATE: Charges dropped without prejudice in Milton robbery

March 14, 2018

Charges have been dropped without prejudice against a Rehoboth Beach man who had been charged in a Dec. 7 robbery of a Milton gas station.

Charges against Christian S. Ferry, 23, were dismissed without prejudice pending additional investigation, said Carl Kanefsky, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office. Charges dropped without prejudice means those charges could be refiled.

Police say Michael N. Gieron, 34, of Lewes went to the gas station on Deep Branch Road at 7:42 p.m. and robbed it, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police.

Police first arrested Ferry without incident March 13 in the 300 block of Munson Street, Rehoboth Beach. Gieron was already in custody at Sussex Correctional Institution on unrelated charges.

Both men were charged with first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, aggravated menacing, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy. Ferry was arraigned out of the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to SCI in default of $61,000 secured bond before his charges were dropped without prejudice. Gieron was also arraigned out of the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and remains at SCI on an additional $61,000 secured bond.

On March 1, Gieron was charged with burglary by Lewes police after they say he went to six homes Feb. 14 to 17 and took items during the daytime. The homes were vacant residences in the unit block of Rhode Island, the 600 block of Pilottown Road, the unit block of Queen Anne and the 400 block of W. 3rd streets. With evidence recovered at the scene as well as information received in cooperation with the Delaware State Police, police charged Gieron with five counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of theft over $1,500, three counts of theft under $1,500, three counts of criminal mischief and one count of receiving stolen property.