Police Nab One Suspect in Mini-Mart Robbery
Steven Garrett, 43, was allegedly arrested after robbing another convenience store in Everett Friday. PLUS: Malden Mini-Mart Owner Dharam Jain said he may keep his store open, after reassurances and new initiatives by Mayor Gary Christenson.
Officials said a Winthrop man arrested shortly after robbing a convenience store just off of Main St. in Everett Friday is believed to be connected to one of the two robberies at Malden Mini-Mart this week.
Steven Garrett, 43, was arrested following a struggle in which Mayor Gary Christenson said no officers were injured. One photo taken at the scene by a local paper shows Garrett with blood on his face near his right eye.
Police reportedly apprehended Garrett while he was hiding in a 3rd floor apartment on Swan St. in Everett.
He was unarmed and not wearing a mask during the commission of the robbery, according to an officer familiar with the investigation.
The same officer noted a similarity between this suspect and one seen in surveillance footage from Saturday night's robbery.
“The capture of Mr. Garrett occurred within 72 hours of the robbery and as Mayor I couldn’t be more satisfied at the outcome for both the Mini-Mart and the City of Malden,” Christenson wrote in an email. “Today, a dangerous individual was removed from the streets.”
Two other suspects remain at large.
Mini-Market Owner Reconsiders Closure
In another development, the store's owner, 69-year-old Dharam Jain, said the mayor's response to the crimes has made him reconsider closing the store.
He said if the pattern of crime in the city continued – in which he said he endured 4-5 armed robberies a year – he'd still consider closing, but held out hope that some new initiatives by the Christenson Administration would make the area safer.
“Even if I were to close, it would take time,” Jain said.
Jain said he “felt better” about the robberies after the responsiveness of both the media and the new Christenson Administration.
Christenson said his staff was working with 50 convenience and liquor stores, as well as some pharmacies, to find ways to improve security and reduce robberies collaboratively.
His office has also hired four additional police officers, including a beat officer for the Pleasant St./Malden Center neighborhood, by May 1 at the earliest.