Two men drove the wrong way on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Northern Westchester before fleeing on foot in an attempt to evade police following an alleged cell phone theft, investigators said.
Officers from the Bedford Police Department were dispatched to the Verizon Wireless location on Bedford Road in Bedford Hills at approximately 6:40 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, where there was a report of two men who were stealing cell phones from the store.
Police said that the suspects fled northbound on Bedford Road in a dark-colored minivan, with a marked Bedford police cruiser behind attempting to stop them.
The suspects then entered the Saw Mill River Parkway at the exit 39 south exit ramp and began traveling northbound in the southbound lanes. The minivan eventually became disabled near the Nottingham Road ramp and the two men took off on foot.
According to police, an extensive search was conducted that included local police, a Westchester County Police helicopter and canine, a New York State Police canine and the MTA Police Department.
The two suspects - Brooklyn resident Roberto Figueroa and Queens resident Jorge Serrano - were tracked to a Nottingham Road residence and located under the deck of an above ground pool, police said. Both were taken into custody without further incident at approximately 8 p.m.
Figueroa, 32, was charged with petit larceny, while Serrano, 29, was charged with petit larceny, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and multiple traffic violations.
Both men were arraigned and transported to the Westchester County Jail in lieu of $800 cash bail or $1,500 bond. They are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, Aug. 14 to respond to the charges.
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