A Wilmington man pleaded guilty last week to robbing five businesses in Newark and Wilmington.

Bryheen J. Mitchell, 33, was arrested earlier this year and charged in connection to five robberies that happened in early May at the Shell Gas Station on East Chestnut Hill Road, the Walgreens in University Plaza, the GameStop in Peoples Plaza, the Walgreens on Lancaster Pike and the RiteAid on Marsh Road.

In each incident, Mitchell presented a note announcing a robbery and threatened to shoot an employee if the employee didn’t give him cash, police said.

Detectives linked Mitchell to the crimes using surveillance footage of a vehicle seen leaving the robberies.

On May 10, state troopers spotted Mitchell driving the vehicle in Wilmington and attempted to stop him. He fled before abandoning the vehicle and running into a home, where he was arrested.

After pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery and three counts of second-degree robbery, Mitchell will be sentenced in December.

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