A man who stole merchandise from the Kohl’s department store in Levittown last week dropped his cellphone while fleeing and was tracked down and arrested Monday, police said.
Philip Odom, 49, of Hempstead, was charged with robbery in the first degree and threatening to use a dangerous instrument, Nassau police said.
Odom was stopped outside the Kohl’s store on Hempstead Turnpike about 6:30 p.m. Friday by store security after he left with four pocketbooks he did not pay for, police said.
Odom pushed and swung a thick, metal bicycle chain at the store security worker, police said.
Odom fled on his bicycle, but the security officer noticed Odom’s cellphone drop from his pocket as he pedaled away, police said.
Odom was arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead and is being held on bail of $75,000 bond and $50,000 cash. He was represented by the Legal Aid Society, which has a policy of not commenting during the early stage of a case.