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Two Arrested In Armed Robbery Of Pittsfield Shop

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two city residents were arrested for allegedly robbing Angelina's Sub Shop on West Housatonic Street while armed Friday evening.
 
Police say Jameial Beckett, 35, and Ivelisse Ruusukallio, 37, both of Pittsfield are facing charges of armed robbery while masked relating to the robbery. Beckett is being held on $7,500 bail while Ruusukallio is being held on $2,500. Both will be arraigned in district court Monday morning.
 
Police say at about 9:38 p.m. Friday night officers responded to Angelina's after an employee told dispatch that a black man wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and a mask had robbed the store with a gun. 
 
About a half hour earlier officers had responded to the Big Y Express on West Street on a report of suspicious activity. There an employee said an individual entered the store wearing a mask but quickly exited after "appearing to be spooked by arriving customers."
 
Officers were already in the area for the Big Y call and detectives saw two individuals walking on the street just north of Angelina's and encountered them. Detectives allegedly discovered evidence linking the individuals to the robbery. 
 
Police say the detective bureau is continuing its investigation into a string of armed robberies recently and if the public has information to contact the department at 448-9705.
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