A Poughkeepsie man has been indicted by a Rockland County grand jury on charges of mugging a woman in the parking lot of a West Nyack supermarket and using her credit card at a Tarrytown gas station, according to Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.
Edward Itchkawitz, 47, of 316 Titusville Road has been indicted on charges of third-degree robbery, fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen larceny, third-degree identity theft and petty larceny.
Zugibe said that on Sept. 4, 2010, Itchkawitz stole a woman’s purse at about 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Shoprite supermarket at 243 Route 59, West Nyack. Fifteen minutes later, Zugibe said, Itchkawitz used the victim’s Visa credit card to buy goods at the Shell gas station at 372 S. Broadway, Tarrytown.
Itchkawitz is also accused of having his girlfriend arrange for a man in Tarrytown to cash one of the victim’s personal checks for $500 at the Tarrytown Station Chase Bank branch.
Itchkawitz was arrested a few days later after he was involved in a wild police chase in Orange County.
The chase took place when police said Itchkawitz failed to pull over as state troopers tried to stop him on I-84 in Newburgh in Orange County. Police said Itchkawitz was smoking crack cocaine during the four-mile-long chase and struck a State Police cruiser. Itchkawitz's car stopped when it struck the center median barrier on I-84, police said.
Troopers said that when they pulled Itchkawitz out of his car, he was still smoking his crack pipe.
State Police said troopers searched Itchkawitz's car and found several stolen credit cards and a forged personal check. Police said that those stolen items came from separate crimes that took place in Westchester and Rockland Counties.
Zugibe said Clarkstown police and State Police worked together in linking the man to the West Nyack mugging.