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NH Man Charged With Robbery In Obama Mask, Making School Threats

PELHAM, N.H. (CBS) – A New Hampshire man has been charged with a string of robberies and school threats, including a robbery he allegedly committed while wearing a Barack Obama mask.

Pelham Police said Ronald Szettella, 43, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of criminal threatening.

Szettella "has been keeping the Pelham Police Department's Criminal Bureau busy for the past three years," the department said.

According to police, Szettella called in a bomb threat to Pelham Elementary School in September 2013, robbed Gage Hill Farms Convenience Store at gunpoint in September 2014, and robbed the store a second time in September 2015.

Ronald Szettella Arrest
Ronald Szettella, 43, of Pelham, N.H. (Image Credit: Pelham Police Department)

In addition, Pelham police said they linked Szettella to two armed robberies in Salem, N.H., including one when he is accused of holding up a Dunkin' Donuts while wearing a mask of President Barack Obama.

While executing a search warrant at Szettella's home, police found a BB gun believed to be used in the robberies.

The Obama mask was not found.

Szettella is scheduled to face the charges on Thursday morning by a video arraignment in Salem District Court.

He is also expected to be charged with the two Salem armed robberies in the near future.

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