A man arrested Monday afternoon in connection with a recent armed robbery at Town Variety in Peabody may help Salem detectives nail down who robbed a 7-Eleven in Salem last week.
The description of the suspect in Sunday's robbery in Peabody - a white male in his 40s, who was dressed in a dark plaid green jacket, black winter hat and jeans - matches exactly this surveillance image taken during the armed robbery in Salem.
Salem Police Capt. Thomas Griffin said local detectives Brian St. Pierre and Dennis Gaudet have been working closely with Peabody police since early Monday morning and are "taking a very close look" at whether the two robberies are connected.
According to a Peabody police log entry, Glenn E. Roderick, 41, of 18 Elm St., Peabody, was taken into custody by Detective Joseph Gilroy at approximately 1:49 p.m. at 117 Lowell St.
Police had been searching for Roderick and another male suspect since shortly before 9 p.m. on Sunday when the robbery occurred. Both state police K-9s and helicopters aided in the search Sunday night.
Police shortly identified two suspects, one of them being Roderick and the other a Lynn man and obtained a warrant for Roderick's arrest on the aforementioned charge.
According to state police, one suspect was seen running into a house at 86R Endicott St. shortly after the robbery while a second person who was possibly involved was outside the home. As officers arrived, the first suspect ran out a rear door and then police discovered the second man had taken off as well before they could question him.
Peabody Police Detective Michael Crane confirmed Monday afternoon that Roderick was arrested in connection with the robbery and said the incident is still actively under investigation.
Salem Patch will be posting additional information as it becomes available.