2nd suspect arraigned in Baldwin robberies

Thomas J. White, 21, of Oceanside, was arrested Thomas J. White, 21, of Oceanside, was arrested during a traffic stop on Grand Avenue in Baldwin in November and later charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, as well as with first-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. (Nov. 25, 2013) Photo Credit: NCPD

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Nassau County police have arraigned the second of three men sought for two robberies that took place in Baldwin one night last November.

Randy Oden, 28, of 800 Dean Dr., Baldwin, was ordered held on bail of $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash at his arraignment Friday on charges of first-degree and second-degree robbery as well as first-degree burglary. He is due back Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead. Oden was arrested at 11:05 a.m. Thursday.

Police said another man, Thomas J. White, 21, of 3194 Neptune Ave., Oceanside, was arrested during a traffic stop on Grand Avenue in Baldwin on Nov. 25 -- the night of the two robberies. White was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, as well as with first-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

White was indicted by a grand jury on Dec. 12 and ordered held on $400,000 bond or $200,000 cash bail. He was remanded after being unable to post bail, then pleaded not guilty to all charges on Jan. 6, according to court records. Records indicate White is due back in court on Jan. 31.

Police said the first robbery involved two suspects jumping a 19-year-old man as he walked along Cramer Court in Baldwin on Nov. 25. The suspects exited a light-colored Nissan Altima, chased the man toward Coes Neck Road, grabbed him and, after displaying handguns, rifled his pockets -- stealing his cellphone, keys, wallet and backpack before fleeing.

A short time later, police said, a First Precinct sergeant spotted White drive his gray 2000 Nissan Altima through a red light on Grand Avenue in Baldwin, instituting a traffic stop. With assistance from other officers, police then discovered the robbery proceeds -- and arrested White.

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During the stop, police learned of a burglary that had taken place on Coes Neck Road at 10:05 p.m. -- just 16 minutes after the street robbery.

The broadcast alert of the robbery included a description of the getaway car, police said. It was the Nissan Altima.

Police said the burglary victim, a 50-year-old woman, had returned home to see the Nissan Altima "pulling away from in front of her house" and said that, when she entered, she was "accosted" by two men.

One of those men, police said, was Oden. The other man is still being sought.

The suspects tied the woman up with a scarf, police said, then stole her watch, cellphone, cash and her 2012 Lexus. The victim called police after freeing herself and, police said, she was uninjured.

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