Levittown NY Aug 17 2017 A Hemsptead man was arrested by police on Monday for allegedly stealing from a store in Levittown over the weekend.
According to police, Philip Odom, 49, of Remsen Avenue, went into the Kohl's department store, located at 3563 Hempstead Turnpike, around 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
Police say that Odom concealed four pocketbooks, valued at $144, in a black bag and left the store.
The store's loss prevention officer approached Odom to try to recover the stolen bags, but police say Odom pushed the man, then grabbed a thick metal chain from his bicycle and swung it at him.
Police say the loss prevention officer retreated back into the store and called police as Odom fled on his bicycle. The loss prevention officer saw that Odom's cell phone had fallen out of his pocket during their struggle, and held it until police arrived. No one was injured.
An investigation by police led to the arrest of Odom at his home on Monday.
He is charged with first-degree robbery and threatening the use of a dangerous instrument. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.