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A 67-year-old Bensonhurst native murdered three Brooklyn shopkeepers in cold blood over the course of five months in 2012, a jury found on Feb. 10.

Salvatore Perrone’s spree started in August of 2012, when he shot and killed 65-year-old Mohamed Gebeli in his Fifth Avenue store in Bay Ridge. A month later Perrone shot 59-year-old Isaac Kadare in the head and slit his throat inside his Bensonhurst dollar store. In November that year, he murdered 78-year-old Rahmatollah Vahidipour in his Flatbush boutique.

Perrone, who lived on Staten Island at the time of the murders, tried to conceal all three of his victims’ bodies under clothes and other items from their stores, police said.

Police caught up with Perrone after they released a photo of him carrying a duffle bag near a victim’s shop.

They found the bag containing the .22-caliber rifle and the knife he used to murder his victims in his girlfriend’s Midwood home, according to the New York Times. An overwhelming amount of genetic evidence, cell phone records, and surveillance videos linked him to the murders, the district attorney’s office said.

He will be sentenced on March 4, and faces 75 years to life in prison, officials said.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlynch@cnglocal.com.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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