A Staten Island man was arrested on robbery and other charges Thursday night after he allegedly stole $1,500 worth of baseball cards from a vendor at the Westchester County Center and knocked several people down with his car as he fled from the scene.
Police charged Vincent Tardy, 22, of Staten Island, with felony counts of third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny along with a misdemeanor count of second-degree reckless endangerment thursday night following a brief car pursuit that ended on the Bronx River Parkway by Westchester County Police.
At about 7:45 p.m., Tardy allegedly approached a vendor at the East Coast National Baseball Card Show and offered to sell some baseball cards he had in his possession. After the told Tardy that he wasn’t interested, Tardy allegedly swiped a number of cards that were on display and put them in his pocket.
The vendor confronted Tardy, but Tardy shoved him and fled from the building with several people in pursuit.
Tardy jumped in his car, a red Ford Mustang, but three men grabbed hold of him and tried to remove him from the car. Tardy then put the car in reverse, knocking the men to the ground, and drove away. The men suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
County officers stopped the Mustang on the Bronx River Parkway, near Strathmore Road in Yonkers, after receiving a broadcast of the car’s description.
Tardy and a companion were then taken into custody. The second man, who had not gone inside the County Center or participated in the theft, was not charged in the incident and was released.Tardy was booked at county police headquarters in Hawthorne and held overnight for arraignment Friday in White Plains city court.