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Salem Police Investigating Armed Robbery at GameZone

Local detectives are investigating the city's fourth armed robbery in as many weeks.

Salem detectives are investigating whether the man who robbed GameZone at knifepoint Saturday night is the same man who held up Georgia's Pizza last week.

At 7:53 p.m., police responded to the Essex Street video game store after receiving word that a masked man had just shown an employee a knife, demanded cash, and made away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Although police were able to recover an image of the suspect from one of the store's surveillance cameras, Lt. Mary Butler admitted it was just of a "dark figure" and didn't reveal much.

The store employee described the suspect as being a white male between the ages of 20 and 35 and the robber was reportedly wearing a black ski mask, sunglasses, a dark coat, dark jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Butler said Detective Brian St. Pierre, who is working the case, is looking into whether Saturday's suspect is the same man who robbed Georgia's Pizza at knifepoint on Dec. 2.

The suspect in that robbery was also masked and wearing all black.

This is the city's fourth armed robbery in a month.

The 7-Eleven next to Georgia's Pizza was robbed at gunpoint on Nov. 18. Two men, one from Peabody and the other from Lynn, have since been arrested and connected to the crime.

On Dec. 4, local police officers searched the city for two men who allegedly robbed an apartment on Prince Street while armed with handguns.

windpower December 10, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Madam Mayor : Time for a press conference ?
Bill December 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Move along, nothing to see..I am sure this misguided fellow did this because of the gross inequities of our tax system. Once 2% of the top taxpayers pay an extra 3% on their marginal taxable income about 379K everything will be fixed and wonderful. Unicorns will dance with fairies and no one will want for anything...
Jared Robinson December 10, 2012 at 03:14 PM
poor Neil.
Leonard Nicodemo December 10, 2012 at 03:40 PM
How long until shop owners start fighting back? Could get ugly.
Peter December 10, 2012 at 03:42 PM
This is starting to make me feel a little uneasy at work. I guess it's time to get a license to carry.
Letty C December 10, 2012 at 04:27 PM
But you can park free on Saturdays downtown! Shop locally! Tourists! YAY! If Mayor Dreadful put as much thought into protecting our local business owners by decreasing "the surplus population" of meter readers and putting more police presence on the streets, maybe there would be less opportunity for these criminals. I pass at least two meter readers/parking police several times a day while out with my dog. The only beat cops I see are doing details with National Grid, Verizon, or at Murphy Funeral Home. Cops aren't walking the streets that I've been walking--which are the streets that are my neighborhood. The same 'hood that has been recently targeted. How about pro-active policing rather than reactive?
redrhino December 10, 2012 at 04:41 PM
This is starting to get scary - I think it’s time that the Salem police issue a statement and some guidance around their recommendations to prevent these sort of crimes or what to do if you encounter a holdup.
Deb December 10, 2012 at 05:04 PM
So much for our last thread, "Three Weeks, Three Armed Robberies in Salem". FOUR! It takes a little while to get your carry license. Oh, btw: if in Salem, are you a biz owner or a LEO? If not, sorry, you'll have to settle for a target and sport license. And while I would never recommend bringing a baseball bat to a gun fight, it was most gratifying to see this perp get whacked. http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/boston-south/Cops-Abington-store-clerk-fends-off-armed-robbers-with-baseball-bat/-/9848842/17693396/-/ijy3mq/-/index.html I have utmost confidence in SPD and its leadership. Whether or not they are under PC pressure from on high is something I wonder about.
Bill December 10, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Great comment...Pretty clear where ol' Kim's bread is buttered.
Carolyn Costain December 10, 2012 at 06:10 PM
redrhino, No one can predict any kind of a crime or when a crime is going to be committed . "If crimes could be predicted, the police would have to put out a statement everyday." We live in a scary world with hard core drugs and a bad economy that helps to create the worst of criminals. The only way we can protect ourselves is being totally aware of what surrounds us. Its not up to the police to inform us if they are unaware of a problem to begin with. It's up to all of us.
redrhino December 10, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I’m not asking the police to predict crime, I’m asking for them to address concerned citizens/business owners and offer some ways we can deter these kinds of crimes from occurring or what to do if you become a victim Example; cameras, lighting, signs, self-defense, panic buttons, etc.
Carolyn Costain December 10, 2012 at 09:23 PM
redrhino, I think you have already answered the advice that police would give you. "Example; cameras, lighting, signs, self-defense, panic buttons, etc."

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