Alleged Tanger thieves involved in fatal crash to be arraigned Friday

07/07/2011 6:18 PM |

The three alleged Tanger shoplifters who led police on a chase last month through Suffolk County in a Lincoln Town Car before crashing into another car in Bohemia, killing the other car’s driver — will be arraigned Friday in Suffolk Criminal Court in Riverside, prosecutors said

Cordell Tucker, 24, and his two passengers, Rashawn Naquan-Smith, 26, and 18-year-old Essence Smith were indicted by grand jury and each are facing charges of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office.

They still stand to face charges in the death of Gail Sacher of Holbrook, officials have said. She was a passenger in a Suburu the trio’s car smacked into June 27 on Lincoln Avenue off Sunrise Highway. The Suburu’s driver, Ms. Sacher’s husband, Alan, was critically injured in the crash.

Thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was reportedly swiped from the True Religion store — a frequent target of shoplifters at Tanger Outlets — before the suspects fled the area via the Long Island Expressway and made their way to the South Shore with sheriff’s deputies and county police trailing, officials said.

Judge Martin Efman will unseal the indictment. Court starts at 9:30 a.m.