Two People Charged with Armed Robbery in Seabrook

James Dryer

A man and a woman have been arrested for robbing a convenience store at knifepoint on Wednesday. The acting police chief credited interagency cooperation for quickly stopping and arresting the suspects who robbed On the Border convenience store.

Acting Chief of Police Brett Walker said his officers responded just before 10 p.m. on Wednesday to the reported robbery of the store at 25 Lafayette Road.  Store employees told officers that a white man wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and baseball hat and a white woman in a pink top and talking on the phone robbed them at knifepoint, with the man holding the knife to the neck of one of the employees. The couple fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. 

As patrol officers and detectives searched the area, Salisbury police Officer Craig Goodrich located two people matching the description of the suspects walking eastbound on Route 286 on the Seabrook/Salisbury line. Salisbury police were asked to detain the man and woman until they could be identified as the subjects involved in the robbery. Officers identified them and arrested them without incident at about 10:16 p.m. Police discovered a large knife on the woman, who they identified as Shannon Kelley, 24, of Nahant, Massachusetts. The man as James Dryer, age 23, of Salisbury.

Shannon Kelley

Kelley and Dryer were held on an initial $10,000.00 cash bail before being arraigned on Thursday at the Rockingham County Superior Court.

Walker said in a press release, “This incident highlights the importance of interagency cooperation between the Seabrook Police Department and our neighbors. Our officers were in the midst of another investigation at the time this call came in and the Salisbury officers knew that. They were monitoring our radio frequency and immediately began to search the Salisbury area around the scene. They located the two dangerous suspects before anyone got hurt.”

Walker added, “Chief Thomas Fowler and the men and women of the Salisbury Police Department have always been there when we need them and this case was no different.”

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Officer Zach Bunszell or Detective Sergeant Dan Lawrence at the Seabrook Police Department, 603-474-5200. Anyone wishing to provide information on illegal activities also can report information through the Crimeline for the Hamptons via text to “CRIMES” (274637) keyword: “Hamptons.”

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