YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A 29-year-old man was arrested on felony robbery charges after what, police said, was his third attempt at stealing cigarettes from a Yorktown gas station in nine days.
Around 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Yorktown police officers were told that a man had just stolen cigarettes from the Shell gas station on Commerce Street and had left the store running on Kear Street. There, officers located and arrested Christopher Thomas Trowbridge, of Wurtsboro, N.Y.
Trowbridge is accused of forcibly stealing cigarettes from the gas station attendant, resulting in second-degree robbery charges. While leaving the store, he is also accused of injuring a good Samaritan, police said.
While investigating the matter at police headquarters, officers discovered that Trowbridge had allegedly stolen cigarettes from two other Yorktown gas stations: Gulf on Commerce Street on Sept. 13 and Sunoco on Crompond Road on Sept. 21. This resulted in two misdemeanor petty larceny charges.
Trowbridge was remanded to Westchester County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is due back in Yorktown Justice Court at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.