Parolee drove stolen car, cops say

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A parolee Monday became the fifth person charged with the knife-point robbery of a New Jersey man over the weekend in Patchogue, authorities said.

Anthony Freeman Jr., 33, was the driver of a stolen Toyota Camry that officers stopped in Patchogue shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday when the driver failed to signal, police said. He and the four passengers in the car -- two women and two men -- fit the descriptions of the suspects who robbed a 53-year-old man of his wallet, cellphone and car satellite radio a half-hour earlier, police said.

Freeman was arraigned on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and failure to signal, according to online court records.

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His bail and attorney information was not immediately available.

State prison records online show Freeman had been sentenced for second-degree robbery in 2003 and went to Sing Sing prison upstate, from which he was released in 2007. The following year, he was charged with third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and went to Auburn prison, where he was released to parole in May.

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