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Salesman arrested in 3 deaths

NEW YORK — A garment salesman was arrested on charges he systematically killed three shopkeepers as they worked alone in their clothing stores after a pharmacy worker recognized him from surveillance footage.

Police said Salvatore Perrone, 63, was taken into custody Wednesday in the suspected serial killings that scores of New York City detectives were investigating.

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A pharmacy worker recognized him as the balding man shown in surveillance footage leaving the scene of the most recent shooting, Nov. 16, with a duffel bag, police said.

Another shopkeeper came forward and said Perrone had gone into his store and questioned him about whether he worked alone and when he closed, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Detectives said they found the duffel bag at the home of Perrone’s girlfriend. Inside, they said, was a sawed-off rifle used in the killings, along with .22-caliber ammunition, black gloves, women’s clothing, a bloody knife, and a bottle of bleach.

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