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October 4, 2012

Man accused of using knife in robbery held

HAVERHILL — A man who police say used a switchblade robbed EZ-Way Cleaners on White Street last November wrote a letter to police in May, saying he was being held at a jail in Manchester, N.H.

As a result, he is now being held at the Middleton House of Correction.

Police in Haverhill charged Ryan Beckford, 25, formerly of 36 Vine St., unit 16, with armed robbery and attempt to commit a crime in connection with the robbery that took place Nov. 23, 2011. Beckford was arraigned on the charges Tuesday in Haverhill District Court, where Judge Patricia Dowling ordered him held on $5,000 cash bail.

In an affidavit dated May 8, Beckford told police that he wanted to surrender on a pending warrant for armed robbery.

“I am currently incarcerated in Manchester, N.H. and would like to resolve this matter so it does not effect my release at the end of September,” Beckford said in the affidavit.

Police issued a warrant for his arrest on March 19, following an investigation. Beckford was transported from the New Hampshire jail to Haverhill on Tuesday for his arraignment on the charges.

Police said that on the afternoon of Nov. 23, Beckford entered the EZ-Way Cleaners at 143 White St., pointed a switchblade knife at a female employee and told her to “get behind the counter and give me the money.” Police said the woman took all of the cash out of the register, a total of $180, and gave it to Beckford, who then walked out the door.

According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, the female employee told police that a few minutes before the robbery, a woman entered the cleaners pushing a baby carriage with items inside it, but no baby. She asked what time the store was to close, and then left, the report said.

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