Salem police say they are looking at a Peabody man arrested Monday in connection to an armed robbery as a possible suspect in a similar robbery Nov. 16 at a convenience store in Salem.
The description of the suspect in Sunday night's robbery at Town Variety in Peabody -- a white male in his 40s, who was dressed in a dark plaid green jacket, black winter hat and jeans and wielding a small black handgun -- appears to match exactly this surveillance image taken during the armed robbery at a 7-Eleven in Salem.
Salem Police Capt. Thomas Griffin said Tuesday that 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.
Peabody police arrested Glenn E. Roderick, 41, of 18 Elm St., Peabody, Monday afternoon on a warrant for armed robbery with a firearm. He was located at 117 Lowell St., still within the search radius combed by Peabody officers and state police Sunday night.
Peabody Police Detective Michael Crane confirmed Monday afternoon that Roderick was arrested in connection with Sunday's robbery and said the incident is still actively under investigation.
Roderick, however, was not identified by police as the robber who entered the store with a weapon.
Police had also sought a second male suspect in the Peabody robbery who was identified as a Lynn resident, but no further information has been released in regard to that person.
[Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect a correction.]