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Arrest Made in Deaths of 3 NY Shopkeepers

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

crime scene, police, police tape (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

New York City police say they've arrested a low-end clothing dealer in the killings of three shopkeepers.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says 63-year-old Staten Island resident Salvatore Perrone was arrested Wednesday on murder charges in the Brooklyn shooting deaths. Police say he had tried to sell clothing to the shopkeepers.

Police recovered a bag containing a sawed-off rifle believed to have been used in the killings. They say the balding Perrone appeared on surveillance footage carrying the bag moments after the most recent shooting, last Friday.

The other killings happened in July and August. All three shopkeepers were men alone in stores that had no video cameras.

Perrone is in custody and can't be reached for comment. It's unclear if he has a lawyer. A message left on his cellphone hasn't been returned.

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