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Pelham Government Urges Caution Amid Robberies

PELHAM, N.Y. – Following the third robbery of a person walking home from Pelham’s Metro-North train station, the village government has warned residents to remain vigilant because the crime has not been solved.

An email, which was sent as an alert that many Pelham residents signed up for after the two January robberies , said that “many residents had concluded from news reports that the crime had been solved.”

“While an individual who had been detained in February on another matter was identified as a ‘person of interest,’ the investigation continued, as did stepped-up patrols, and other measures,” the email said. “When a suspect is charged, we will notify you.”

All of the robberies have featured a black male between 5-feet 10-inches tall and 6-feet tall, about 170 pounds, brandishing a gun and usually wearing a black ski mask in addition to a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

The suspect walks up behind the victim as they are heading home from the train station, points the gun at them and commands the victim to lie face down on the sidewalk, which is when he steals their jewelry, cell phones, wallets and other valuables.

Robberies of a similar nature have also occurred in the village of Mamaroneck, the town of Mamaroneck, Harrison and New Rochelle . Police believe that the crimes are connected.

The message urged residents to “continue exercising caution when walking at night, particularly after the rush hour when there are fewer pedestrians on the street” and told them what streets to avoid.

“In the latest incident, as in the previous two, the victim started home by walking down First Street between Highbrook and Loring Avenues,” the email said. “If possible, you may want to avoid this area on your walk home.”

The government told those walking home from the train station that they “must be alert and constantly looking around and behind you."

“If you can’t find a neighbor to walk with, try to stay within sight of another pedestrian,” the email said. “If you see someone who looks suspicious and seems to be following you, immediately call the police and/or go to the closest house and ring the bell. If no one answers, make as much noise as you can until you are sure that you have been heard by others in the immediate area.”

If you notice a suspicious individual or vehicle, call the Pelham Police Department at 738-2000.

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