Police had obtained clear images from the store’s security cameras, and the officers concluded that Hedstrom bore a “striking” resemblance to the middle-aged man seen robbing the store, according to court papers.
Also raising their suspicions was a comment that Hedstrom allegedly made to his wife as he was being arrested, to the effect that if she told anyone what he had done, “I will put you 6 feet under.”
Employees later identified Hedstrom in photo arrays they were shown by Danvers police.
Hedstrom was in Newburyport District Court yesterday to face the domestic abuse charge; he’s expected to appear in Salem District Court as soon as today to answer to the armed robbery case.
He was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail in the Rowley case, with conditions that he stay away from the victim and submit to random alcohol screens, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex County district attorney’s office.
Hedstrom had run a business called Hedstrom Fine Woodworking at several locations in Salem until a few years ago. He appeared on the PBS show “This Old House” when the program was renovating a historic Salem home in the 1990s.
Last year, according to court records, he filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, listing more than $300,000 in liabilities and just a handful of assets, including his woodworking tools. The bankruptcy was granted in January.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.