Pittsfield man arrested after armed robbery at liquor store

  • A state liquor store in Pittsfield was robbed Tuesday morning. The suspect was arrested and is accused of stealing a bottle of liquor after brandishing a handgun. Nick Stoico / Monitor staff

  • A state liquor store in Pittsfield was robbed Tuesday morning, April 30, 2019. The suspect was arrested and is accused of stealing a bottle of liquor after brandishing a handgun. (NICK STOICO / Monitor staff) Nick Stoico—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 4/30/2019 1:28:54 PM

A Pittsfield man has been charged with armed robbery after he allegedly brandished a gun and stole a bottle of liquor from the state liquor store in town Tuesday morning, according to police and the state liquor commission.

Sam Geller, 59, was arrested on foot on River Road, a short distance from the store, shortly after the robbery was reported to Pittsfield police at 10 a.m. He will appear in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Wednesday.

Geller is accused of pulling out a semi-automatic handgun, which police confirmed was real and loaded, before taking off with the bottle.

Pittsfield police Chief Joseph Collins said there were at least two employees in the store at the time but nobody was injured. There were no customers in the store at the time, according to a press release from the liquor commission.

Collins said they found the weapon on Geller when he was arrested and there was no struggle apprehending him.

“He gave right up,” Collins said.

The store was closed as of 12:30 p.m. but the liquor commission said the store has since reopened.

Pittsfield police were assisted by Chichester police, the Merrimack County Sherrifs office and state liquor commission’s division of enforcement and licensing. The investigation is ongoing.




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