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Suspected robber in Obama mask arrested

PELHAM, N.H. -- A southern New Hampshire man suspected in a string of robberies -- including one police say he committed while wearing a Barack Obama mask -- has been taken into custody, reports CBS Boston.

Pelham police said Ronald Szettella, 43, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of criminal threatening. They say Szettella called in a bomb threat to an elementary school in September 2013, robbed a convenience store at gunpoint in September 2014, and robbed the same store a second time in September 2015, reports the station. Those crimes happened near Pelham, a New Hampshire town just east of Nashua.

They also say the suspect is linked to two other robberies in nearby Salem, including a Dunkin Donuts robbery during which he allegedly wore the Obama mask.

Police say they uncovered a BB gun at his home allegedly linked to the robberies, but they didn't find the mask.

He's expected to face additional charges in the Salem robberies.

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