Beverly police are investigating the second reported armed robbery at Dane Street Beach in four months.
Police spokesman Dave Costa said in a statement on Monday evening that a 22-year-old Salem man was allegedly robbed in the Dane Street Beach parking lot on Sunday night by a man with a pistol and two female accomplices.
According to Costa, the victim stated to police that he had parked at the beach with a female when a red pickup truck pulled up and parked behind him, blocking his vehicle from leaving. A male with blonde shoulder length hair and facial hair got out of the truck, along with two females.
One female, described as "heavy set," had a baseball bat in her hands.
The man allegedly tapped on the victim's window with a pistol, took the victim's iPhone, and sped off with the two females in the direction of Salem.
Costa said the victim "gave chase," but could not keep up with truck.
The victim also stated that he had seen the same truck earlier the same evening at the One Stop Market on Cabot Street, but it is unclear whether there was any interaction between them at that time.
The incident was reported at 10:07 p.m., but responding officers found an empty parking lot and no witnesses. The victim stepped forward over an hour and a half later, Costa said.
A spate of armed robberies hit the same area of the city early this summer.
On June 6, three people were allegedly robbed by two men with guns on Dane Street Beach, just two days before a young woman reported being robbed, possibly at gunpoint, on Porter Street. Costa acknowledged similarities between those two incidents, but said at the time that he did not have any reason to believe they were related.
Two weeks prior to that, a man was allegedly robbed at gunpoint in his home on Pleasant Street by an acquaintance.
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