Robert Washington arrested for allegedly robbing Garden City house on Pell Terrace in September

Police say the homeowner walked in on Robert Washington while he was stealing her jewelry. (11/2/13)

GARDEN CITY - Police say a Garden City woman confronted a thief who she found in her home recently.

Prosecutors say the 55-year-old woman returned to her Pell Terrace home on Sept. 20 and found an unknown vehicle in her driveway. When she walked into her house, she says she saw 50-year-old Robert Washington, of Queens, walking out of her bedroom with a pillowcase full of her jewelry.

Police say that when she approached Washington, he threatened to shoot her, although the victim didn’t see a weapon. Washington then fled with the stolen items.

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Investigators say physical evidence was recovered at the scene that helped them trace Washington to a Queens hotel. The suspect was found with a bag of marijuana when he was arrested, but police say the stolen jewelry, valued at $10,000, has not yet been recovered.

Washington was arraigned today on charges of burglary, grand larceny, robbery and marijuana possession in a Hempstead court room. He is due back in court on Nov. 6.
 

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