Garment salesman arrested in 3 NY merchant deaths

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In this 2001 photo provided by the Franconia Township Police Department in Telford, Pa, Salvatore Perrone is shown. New York City police said on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 that they’ve arrested the 63-year-old low end clothing dealer for the killings of three New York shopkeepers since August 2012. (AP Photo/Franconia Township Police Department)

NEW YORK (AP) — A garment salesman is being held without bail on charges he systematically shot three shopkeepers to death as they worked alone in their New York City clothing stores.

Salvatore Perrone (pehr-OHN') of Staten Island was held Thursday after his initial Brooklyn court appearance.

He was represented by a lawyer solely for the proceeding. Prosecutors say another lawyer will be assigned when he returns to court Tuesday.

Perrone was arrested Wednesday on murder charges.

Police recovered a bag containing a sawed-off rifle. They say Perrone appeared on surveillance footage carrying the bag moments after the most recent shooting, last Friday.

The other killings happened in July and August. All three shopkeepers were men alone in stores that had no video cameras.