Pelham police said that Olivier Famby, of New Rochelle, admitted on Friday that he committed eight armed robberies in the Sound Shore area, including three robberies that took place ; and one that took place in Mamaroneck on Feb. 9.
Police after they caught him in possession of handgun that was reported stolen in Pennsylvania.
Pelham police Sgt. Christopher Casucci was on patrol when he noticed a car parked on the 100 block of Corlies Avenue that had not been parked there earlier in the night. Casucci looked around the car to see if he could spot anything suspicious about it. Casucci then went back to his patrol vehicle so he could ticket the car for violating the village’s overnight parking law.
Casucci then noticed that the car was occupied and pulled up alongside the vehicle to speak to its occupant. Famby, the man inside the vehicle, began making up various stories during the interview for why he was parked on Corlies Avenue, according to police.
Casucci exited his patrol vehicle to continue interviewing Famby and noticed a handgun on the passenger seat side of Famby’s vehicle.
Casucci entered the car and took possession of the handgun. He called for backup and Officer Ryan Carden responded and Famby was taken out of the car and placed under arrest.
Police later determined that the handgun was stolen from Pennsylvania.
Later in the day, Famby was interviewed by detectives from Pelham and other jurisdictions who have had similar robberies. Pelham detectives Rick Deere and John Hynes were the lead investigators in this questioning.
Famby allegedly admitted that he was responsible for the three Pelham robberies along with five other robberies that were committed in New Rochelle, Mamaroneck and Harrison.
Police also allege that Famby told them that he had been scouting out the area of the Larchmont train station for a potential victim prior to coming to Pelham on Friday. When Famby couldn’t find a suitable victim, he came to Pelham to see if he could spot a potential victim getting off one of the first trains arriving into the Pelham station, according to police.
Pelham Police Chief Joseph Benefico commended Casucci for utilizing conscientious patrol skills and excellent observation techniques to apprehend Famby and put an end to his crime spree.
Information on Famby’s arraignment was unavailable Saturday.