By Alex Lippa
---- — DERRY— A recent string of convenience store and sandwich shop robberies may have come to an end.
Derry police yesterday arrested Rochelle Richards, 23, of Derry and charged her with a single count of robbery for a holdup Sunday evening of the East Derry General Store.
Police did not release a photo of Richards, citing “ongoing investigations.”
More charges are expected. Yesterday evening, Richards was taken to the Londonderry police station, so detectives there could interview her.
A Subway shop on Perkins Road in Londonderry was the scene of another holdup attempt Tuesday evening. Charges against Richards for that incident, too, were anticipated.
About 30 minutes after the Subway incident Tuesday, the Candia Road Convenience Store in Manchester was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash.
Those three incidents followed a holdup of a D’Angelo’s in Manchester April 3.
Descriptions of the female suspect and the getaway car were similar in all cases. In each crime, witnesses said the woman claimed to have a gun and threatened to use it, but no weapon was shown. No one was injured in any of the robberies.
Descriptions of the suspect’s car also matched up, ranging from the very specific — a blue Dodge Neon with New Hampshire plates — to the general, a small blue car.
A vehicle fitting the description was stopped on Route 28 by Derry police at about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Police “detained” the female driver and her blue Dodge Neon was towed to the Londonderry police impound lot.
A warrant for her arrest on a single robbery charge was issued yesterday and Richards turned himself in to police just before 2 p.m. Bail was set at $50,000 cash.
Richards was then taken to Londonderry for further questioning.
“We are getting warrants, both search and arrest warrants,” Londonderry Detective Sgt. Kim Bernard said yesterday afternoon.
Manchester police Lt. Maureen Tessier said yesterday the case remains an open investigation there.
There were no customers in any of the businesses when they were held up.