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Police cite DNA lead in Roosevelt robbery arrest

Christopher Thomas, 46, Roosevelt, was arrested on Monday,

Christopher Thomas, 46, Roosevelt, was arrested on Monday, Nov. 11, 2014, and charged with second-degree robbery in connection with the theft of a neck chain on July 3, in Roosevelt, police said Tuesday. Credit: NCPD

DNA from a fingernail lodged in the clothing of a robbery victim led investigators Monday to the man who allegedly snatched her neck chain outside a Roosevelt store in July, police said.

Christopher Thomas, 46, of 122 W. Fulton Ave., Roosevelt, was charged with second-degree robbery after his arrest at his home Monday evening, police said Tuesday.

Thomas was arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead and held pending bail of $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash. He was represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases.

Nassau County police said Thomas rode up on a bicycle to a 29-year-old woman as she walked from a liquor store on Nassau Road about 3:15 p.m. July 3. He grabbed her chain, but it didn't immediately break free, police said, causing the woman and robber to fall to the ground. The suspect then grabbed the chain and fled, police said.

The woman reported the robbery to police, and when she got home she found a fingernail lodged in her clothing, authorities said. The fingernail was retrieved by detectives and sent for DNA testing. That testing linked the nail to Thomas, police said.

Police said that after the DNA result the woman was shown a photo array of suspects and identified Thomas as the man who robbed her.

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