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Riverhead man stole car from Target employee, cops say

Khashif Spencer, 29, of Riverhead, was arrested Friday,

Khashif Spencer, 29, of Riverhead, was arrested Friday, May 15, 2015, and charged with second-degree robbery after he stole a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro from a Target employee in Riverhead, police said. The woman was able to disable her car via the vehicle's onboard security system, police said. Photo Credit: Riverhead Police Department

A Riverhead man stole a Target store employee's car as she was leaving on break Friday evening, but he was captured when the victim contacted her vehicle's onboard security system and the car was disabled, police said.

Khashif Spencer, 29, was charged with one count of second-degree robbery, along with several vehicle and traffic law violations.

Riverhead Town police responded to the parking lot of the Target at 1150 Old Country Rd., Riverhead, at 7:15 p.m. after a store employee said a man stole her 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. The woman said she was getting into her car when the man struggled with her and snatched her keys, police said.

Police arrested Spencer without further incident when the victim notified OnStar, the vehicle's security and navigation system, and was able to disable the Camaro.

Spencer was scheduled to be arraigned in Central Islip yesterday morning.

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