Suspect Caught in Westchester Train Robberies: Police

He preyed on commuters leaving stations, officials said

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    The suspect preyed on commuters leaving train stations, officials said. John Noel reports. (Published Tuesday, May 1, 2012)

    Police have nabbed the armed robber suspected of preying on commuters at Westchester County train stations.

    Pelham Police said Monday that Sgt. Christopher Casucci was on routine patrol Friday morning when he noticed an occupied car on Corlies Avenue.

    Police said the driver changed his story several times when speaking with Casucci about why he was parked there. Then Casucci noticed a handgun on the driver's side floor, so he entered the car and took the gun, which was later determined to have been stolen in Pennsylvania.

    The driver was arrested, and under questioning later in the day, police say he confessed to three train station robberies in Pelham and five others in New Rochelle, Mamaroneck and Harrison.

    Police said the suspect also admitted that he had gone to the Larchmont train station earlier in the night looking for someone to rob, but didn't find anyone suitable, so he came to Pelham to look for a potential target.

    Police in several Westchester County police departments have been looking for the train station robber since January, and residents have been urged to be on alert as they left stations.

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