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Northern Westchester Man Used Ax To Take Entire Holiday Customer Tip From Co-Worker, Police Say

Sean S. Date
Sean S. Date Photo Credit: New York State Police

A 54-year-old Northern Westchester man used an ax to forcibly take an entire holiday tip given by a customer that was intended to be divided between the two co-workers.

At approximately 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, state police troopers from the Cortlandt barracks were dispatched to Oscawana Lake Road in the town of Putnam Valley for a report of menacing with a weapon. 

An investigation determined $30 was given to Peekskill resident Sean S. Date and the victim to share by a customer as a holiday gift for their refuse collection services. Date attempted to forcibly take the entire $30 of U.S. currency from the victim using an ax, police said.

Date was charged with first-degree robbery (a Class B felony), fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both class A misdemeanors.

Date was arraigned before the town of Putnam Valley Court, and remanded to the Westchester County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond. He is next scheduled to appear before the court on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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