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[UPDATED]Pelham Man Robbed at Gunpoint While Walking Home from Train Station

This is the third armed robbery in Pelham this year that involved a pedestrian walking home from the train station.

(UPDATE, Friday, March 30 :) New York State Crime Stoppers reminds residents that there is still a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the .

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A man was robbed at gunpoint while walking home from the Pelham Train Station Wednesday night, according to Pelham police.

This is the . Pelham police Detective John Hynes said the suspect in Wednesday’s robbery matched the description of the suspect in the two other robberies.

The robbery took place at about 10:55 p.m. when the victim heard footsteps behind him in the area of Elderwood Avenue and East Second Street. The victim turned and saw a man holding gun.

The robber forced the victim to lay on the ground and took a portfolio bag containing a wallet, cell phones and an iPad before fleeing the scene. The robber is described as a black male about 5-foot, 10 inches tall and about 180 pounds.

The robber wore a dark jacket with a dark hood covering his face. The victim received no injuries during the incident

Two similar robberies took place near the train station on Jan. 12 and Jan. 31.

There have also been a number of similar armed robberies that . The suspect in those robberies all had similar descriptions and police believe they could be linked.

Pelham police have been speaking regularly to law enforcement agencies New Rochelle, Larchmont, the town and village Mamaroneck, Harrison, Rye, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York City  to share information on the crimes, according to Hines.

In February, Pelham police who was wanted in Yonkers for an armed robbery. Hynes said police have found nothing linking the man arrested in February to the armed robberies in Pelham.

Hines urged pedestrians to use caution when walking home. Police have suggested . More safety tips are available in the PDF to the right of this story.

Anyone who has seen anything suspicious or has information regarding the armed robberies can call Pelham police at (914) 738-2000.

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Robert Keller March 31, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Our Police must be afforded the tools and personnel they need to keep our community safe. A Westchester Robbery Task Force that includes police from Westchester County as well as local communities would spread out the cost while keeping ahead of criminal activity. Apparenty, our government has been focused on keeping taxes down, but what's the point if taxpayers are afraid to walk the streets in their own neighborhoods. Public safety is fundamental. Our Village Officals must get that. Pelham is not immune to crime. Pelham is surrounded by many higher crime communities whose criminals come to the land of milk and honey to commit their crimes. If our village board can't provide Provide our police with what they need to create an environment of public safety then they must be replaced by someone who can. People don't move here to live in an environment of gun-point robberies. Our police department must be given the personnel and tools they need to provide the quality of life our community expects. Pelham's police department is down several officers due to attrition. Our board must restore these officers instead of expecting our police department to do more with less. Should our police department learn to work smarter, sure, but it is not reasonable to expect them to do that with one hand tied behind their back. Either we give our police what they need to provide the highest level of public safety or expect more of the same.
joseph April 01, 2012 at 05:03 AM
What tools are they not afforded? What they need is training. Instead of sitting in their cars waiting for a call maybe they need to do some actual policing. They need to spend less time at BJs/Fairway and instead focus on the job they were hired to do...protect the residents of pelham!
Catherine Wachs April 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Why can't they put out a decoy out there? A plainclothes officer that walks "drunkenly" from the train on the same route as the robberies?

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