Cops: Homeless man steals purse, resists arrest


A homeless man was arrested on a grand larceny and resisting arrest charges Sunday after he allegedly took a pocketbook containing cash and other items from an unlocked car in Riverside and then fought with police officers, Southampton Town police said.

A Flanders Road resident told police at 8 a.m. Sunday that someone took her pocketbook from her parked car in front of her home, according to a police report. The thief took $800 in cash, a debit card and other personal items, police said.

But the man was caught on the woman’s surveillance camera entering the car, police said. Police identified the man as 32-year-old Roshawn Childress and located him on Main Street in Riverhead about 3 p.m., according to a police report.

Once he was caught, Mr. Childress fought with police during his arrest, police said. He was arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a class “E” felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.

He was held overnight and remanded to Suffolk County jail in lieu of bail Monday morning, police said.

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