Long Island thief steals woman’s cash, victim catches him same day: police

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Police said 17-year-old Jahmani R. Harleston was arrested for robbing a 51-year-old woman over the weekend. (Nassau County Police)

Police said 17-year-old Jahmani R. Harleston was arrested for robbing a 51-year-old woman over the weekend. (Nassau County Police)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – A woman’s quick-thinking led police to catch the teenage thief who allegedly stole from her earlier in the day.

Nassau County police said 17-year-old Jahmani R. Harleston, of Uniondale, was arrested Saturday for robbing a 51-year-old woman.

The victim met up with Harleston at 530 Sterling St. on Saturday after she responded to an online ad for a cellphone on sale, police said. She gave him $200 for it but Harleston pushed her and ran away with the money, according to police.

A short time later, the victim saw the same phone for sale and set up a meeting with Harleston in Hempstead later that day and notified police. While at the location, the officers saw Harleston walking toward the vehicle and identified themselves. After a brief foot chase, they caught Harleston in the rear of a Elmwood home, police said.

Harleston was charged with grand larceny and resisting arrest, police said.

He was arraigned on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.