Mamaroneck, Pelham, Harrison and New Rochelle have all had reports of armed robberies in recent weeks near local train stations. Rye police sent out an alert today telling residents to be on the lookout, though no such incident has been reported there.
Theresa Juva-Brown reports on LoHud.com today:
Police are warning commuters to watch out for an armed mugger who robbed two men, injuring one of them, in separate incidents as they walked from the Mamaroneck and Harrison train stations on Thursday.
A 59-year-old Mamaroneck village man told police he was walking from the Metro-North train station at 8 p.m. near Stanley Avenue when a man came up behind him with a gun and demanded his property. The robber fled on foot with undisclosed property.
An hour later, as a man walked from the train station near South Road and the Interstate 95 bridge in Harrison, he was struck in the head with a blunt object. The mugger then took his cell phone at gunpoint. The victim was taken to White Plains Hospital with a head injury.
Investigators believe the two incidents are connected and said the robber may have taken the train between robberies.
The suspect is approximately 5 feet 10 and weighs 180 to 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a light-colored bandanna or mask. He was carrying a silver or black handgun, police said.
Anyone with information should call Harrison police at 914-967-5111, Ext. 1, or Mamaroneck village police at 914-825-8541.
Crime Stoppers had an alert earlier this month:
New York State Crime Stoppers on Friday (Feb. 3) offered a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for several armed robberies in Pelham and New Rochelle as well a one in Mamaroneck town.
There are four robberies authorities believe may be connected. The first occurred on First Street in Pelham on Jan. 12 when a commuter walking home from the train station was robbed at gunpoint about 12:10 a.m., officials said.
On Jan. 17, a 45-year-old man walking home from the train at 10:20 p.m. was robbed on Glenn Road in Mamaroneck town. The robber, toting a black handgun, took a computer, iPhone, Kindle and personal papers, Mamaroneck town police said. The victim was not injured.
The third robbery occurred on Eastchester Road near White Oak Street in New Rochelle on Jan. 29. Two women were robbed in a similar fashion during that incident.
Two days later, on Jan. 31, another commuter was walking home from the train station in Pelham when he was approached by a robber on the 200 block of Monterey Avenue.
In each of the robberies, a black man, 5 foot 10 to 6-feet and weighing 175 to 200 pounds, showed a black semi-automatic hand gun, officials said. The suspect, or suspects, was said to have worn a black ski mask and dark clothing during each of the robberies. Mamaroneck town police put the suspect at 5 foot 7, but the rest of the description was the same.
Anyone with information on any of the incidents is asked to call NYS Crime Stoppers at 1-866-313-TIPS.
Crime Stoppers announced the reward in the Pelham and New Rochelle robberies on Friday and added the Mamaroneck town robbery to the list on Monday.