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A man has been accused of tying up a woman who walked in on him and another suspect burglarizing her Baldwin home within minutes of the duo allegedly robbing a teenager nearby.
Randy Oden, 28, of Baldwin, was arrested Thursday and charged with robbery and burglary. He will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.
His alleged getaway driver, 21-year-old Thomas White of Oceanside, was taken into custody while fleeing the scene in his Nissan Altima shortly after the back-to-back incidents on Nov. 25, police said. Bail for White, who pleaded not guilty to the same charges last fall, was set at $400,000 cash or $200,000 bond.
A third suspect has yet to be apprehended.
Police said a sergeant had pulled White over for allegedly running a red light and found in his car a backpack and wallet that Oden and the third suspect allegedly robbed at gunpoint from a 19-year-old man who was walking on Cramer Court minute earlier.
While officers were questioning White, a call came over the radio of a burglary nearby in which a 50-year-old woman reported seeing a car fitting the description of White’s Altima pulling away from her house before she walked in on Oden and the third suspect inside her house, police said.
Oden and the third suspect allegedly tied her up with a scarf, stole the victim’s watch, cell phone and cash before they fled in her Lexus, police said. She quickly freed herself and called 911. The victim was not injured.