Pelham polce believe two armed robberies that took place in Harrison and Mamaroneck last night are connected to two armed robberies that took place in Village of Pelham last month.
On Thursday, . The incident in Harrison took place at about 9 p.m. as the male victim crossed the I-95 overpass over South Road on his way home.
During the Harrison incident the suspect struck the victim in the back of the head, police say. The victim was able to make it to a nearby home where the occupants called 911 as the suspect fled the scene. Police didn’t release what was taken, but said the suspect didn't take anything of substantial value.
Police believe the suspect, described as 5'10" and weighing 180 to 200 pounds, approached the victims from behind carrying a handgun.
Detective John Hynes of the Pelham police department said that he believes the incidents are connected to three armed robberies that .
“At this point, I believe it is connected,” Hynes said. “They are very similar in the way the suspects approached the victims and it was the same style.”
The first robbery in place took place at about 12:10 a.m. on Jan. 12. A man was walking on First Street, near Cliff Avenue, when he was approached by a suspect wearing a ski mask and brandishing a black, semi-automatic handgun.
The robber ordered the victim to lay on the ground and stole a wallet and phone, before fleeing. The suspect in that robbery is described as a six-foot tall, black male, between 180 to 200 pounds, who was wearing a black jacket and black pants.
The second robbery in Pelham took place Jan.31 at 8:20 p.m. on the 200 block of Monterey Avenue. A woman was walking home from the train station when she heard foot steps approaching her from behind. When she turned around, she saw a man wearing a black ski mask, black hooded sweatshirt and black pants approach her and display a black, semi-automatic hand gun.
The robber, who was described as being about 170 pounds and 5-feet, 10-inches to 6-feet tall, ordered the woman to lay on the ground. He then grabbed two carry bags and a wedding ring before fleeing the scene.
Police have said alrady said that they believe an armed robbery as man was walking home to the train station. Police are also investigating the possibility that an armed robbery that took may also be connected.
“We are working, now, with the Town of Mamaroneck and we’ve been working with the villages,” Hynes said. “I went to the scene of the robberies that happened last night and met with those detective and started working with them. Today, we had a big interagency meeting with New Rochelle, Larchmont, the town and village Mamaroneck, Harrison, Rye and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority police departments and started discussing the robberies.”
A list of safety tips from the Pelham police department are available in the PDF file to the right of this story. Anyone with information regarding the robberies can contact Pelham police at (914) 738-2000.