A Westbury man was arrested Sunday and stands accused of acting as the getaway driver for the robbery of an elderly woman on a Rockville Centre street, according to a Nassau County police news release.
Dennis Petty, 46, of 169 Brooklyn Ave., was arraigned Nov. 4 at First District Court in Hempstead on a second-degree robbery charge. He was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail or bond.
A 77-year-old victim was sitting in her car along Lehigh Avenue in Rockville Centre on Oct. 15 when a man wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and dark pants approached her, police said at the time.
Investigators said the man “ripped the victim’s pocketbook from her arm while she was still sitting in her car.” He then fled from the scene on foot before entering a getaway car, which was allegedly driven by Petty, cops said. The victim was not injured.
The purse-snatching culprit, police said, was apprehended on Oct. 25 and has since been arraigned on a second-degree robbery charge. Investigators identified him as Michael White, 46, of Freeport. Court records show he is being held on $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.
Detectives tracked down White and Petty after the duo tried to use the victim’s credit cards.
Both men remain in custody, as of press time. White is due back in court on Nov. 6 and Petty will appear again in court on Nov. 7.