PEABODY — Police nearly caught robbery suspect Glenn Roderick after he ran into a home on Endicott Street in Peabody on Sunday night.
But by the time Patrolman Gerald Fitzgerald reached the back of the house, all that was left was a black BB gun and some tangled blinds where Roderick, 41, had gone out the window.
It would take a few more steps to catch Roderick, of 18 Elm St., Apt. 2, Peabody, and now he’s being held on $5,000 cash bail, charged with stealing approximately $2,000 from a lottery machine cash drawer inside Town Variety on Central Street.
Salem police are also eyeing Roderick in the Nov. 19 holdup of a 7-Eleven on Norman Street.
New details about the holdup emerged in court papers filed yesterday during Roderick’s arraignment in the Peabody robbery, which happened around 8:45 p.m. Sunday.
Police say the suspect walked to the counter and asked the clerk, Jay Patel, to cash what he claimed was a winning scratch ticket. As the clerk scanned the ticket and discovered that it was not a winner, the robber stuck a gun in his face and demanded money from the lottery machine’s cash drawer.
The clerk handed the robber the entire drawer, according to the police report by Patrolman Justin Cecil. The robber emptied it, stuffed the cash into his green plaid jacket, ordered Patel to sit on the floor and then fled.
As police converged on the area, Fitzgerald spotted a silver minivan speeding into a driveway on Endicott Street, a short distance from the store. Two men jumped out of the van and ran inside 86R Endicott St., followed by Fitzgerald.
The woman inside pointed toward the back of the apartment. But Roderick and the other man, who remains unidentified, had made it out.
The officer did find the BB gun, under a TV tray near that back bedroom. But a search of the area went cold after a Danvers police dog, Falco, lost the suspect’s scent near the edge of a swamp.