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UPDATED: Salem Detectives Eyeing Peabody Armed Robbery Suspect

Local detectives are investigating the possibility that the key suspect in an armed robbery in Peabody was the same man who held up a 7-Eleven in Salem last week.

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.

Drew November 27, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Is he on a cell phone in the picture? Talk about multitasking!
Bill November 27, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Love the cell phone - if only he channeled that talent for good.
Carolyn Costain November 27, 2012 at 08:48 PM
What is scary is that, this guy's picture is everywhere now. They may have his correct name? After he robbed a possible two stores? This guy has nothing left to lose. He will need more money to run, meaning " robbing more stores to get it" I hope they find him quick before out of desperation, he don't end up shooting someone. The police should give out handout picture fliers to the small stores in the area because most of these stores "like the one near me" are run by foreigners and probably don't keep up with the news with their very busy lives.
Timothy Donovan November 27, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Who the heck uses a cell phone during an armed robbery? "Can you hold on, I gotta tell the clerk to put the money in a sack.......okay, thanks mom!"
Carolyn Costain November 27, 2012 at 09:52 PM
On 11/10/2012 07:50 PM. it was reported in the Danvers Patch, of an armed robbery at Market basket on Endicott st in Danvers, the description was of a ,tall white male in his 40s. The Danvers PD was also looking into an attempted robbery in Ipswich to see if they could be connected. "I wonder if they are all and the same guy?"
Carolyn Costain November 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Salem police need to get out pictures of this guy to the small stores! I just talked to the owner of a small store near me that has not even heard about the robberies. I looked through one of there papers but it only had the story and no picture of the robber. I told that if he has a computer there to look at the pictures on the Salem Patch.
Carolyn Costain November 28, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I obtained a flier from the police station to give to my friends that own a small store near me. At least they now know who to look out for. 8 by 10s should be passed out to the small, out of the way stores in the area because like my friends that had no idea there was a robber on the loose in the area, I am sure other small stores are not keeping up with the news and it make them vulnerable as well.
Timothy Camire November 28, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Printed pictures from video cameras, which I think this is, are very pixelated, and not very useful. They can give you idea how people look, but you can't really identify them. This store does have pictures posted on the wall from this camera so you can see what I mean. I work downtown at a store, so I do hope he's caught. There's no place for people like this.
Carolyn Costain November 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I hope he's caught to because I believe that anyone brazen enough to rob a store in possession of a gun and that is now even more desperate "now that they may have caught his driver." He may randomly find an unwilling driver by "carjacking" and may end up using the gun if backed into a corner like a cornered animal. "I hope they find him real quick for everyone's sake."

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