Malden Police charged a Winthrop man with the armed robbery of the Malden Mini Market, while a separate suspect remains at large for a robbery of the same store, the city said.
Steven Garrett was arrested in Everett after a brief struggle with officers, said Mayor Gary Christenson, who announced the apprehension Friday in an e-mail message to media. No one was injured during the arrest.
Christenson said the owner of the store is considering reopening the business after city officials vowed to help him improve safety inside.
"The capture of Mr. Garrett was made 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 said in the statement.
The Malden Mini Market at 539 Main St. was first held up at gunpoint March 31, and then again the next night, according to police.
Officers believe the man who committed the first robbery is also responsible for two other hold-ups the same night at gas stations in Malden and Saugus, although it was unclear which robbery Garrett alleged committed. A spokesman for the Malden Police could not be immediately reached for comment.
The string of crimes comes as the city plans to hire four new police officers, with one dedicated to patrolling downtown streets. Christenson said the officers are expected to be on the job by May 1, one month later than previously expected.
"People don't feel safe," Christenson said in February, before the City Council approved $61,000 for the salaries through June.
"It's a first step toward rebuilding the ranks," the mayor said.