Hitchhiker accused of robbing Port Ewen woman

Note to would-be felons: If you want to get away with stealing an old lady's credit cards, don't turn up at her house at 2:30 in the morning a couple of days later. From the Ulster County Sheriff's Department:

Deputies from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office report the arrest of Alexander Terwillegar age 17, of 344 James Street in Connelly for the charge of Grand Larceny in Fourth Degree with additional charges pending.

On September 19th, 2010 at 6:00pm the Sheriffs received a complaint from an elderly woman in Port Ewen, reporting that a male subject asked her for a ride and after she did so, he stole several credit cards from her vehicle after he got out. The victim was able to give a detailed description of this male and the matter was being investigated further. On September 21st at 2:30 am this same male appeared at this victim's residence and attempted to open the elderly victim's front door to her residence. The victim who was still up was going to the door to lock it when she noticed the door knob being turned. She turned her outside light on and spotted a male walking away. The woman called 911 and a Sheriff's patrol spotted Terwillegar walking on Connelly Rd several hundred yards from the victim. The subsequent investigation led to Terwillegar's arrest.

Terwillegar was charged with (3) counts of Grand Larceny fourth (E-Felony) for the credit cards, with additional charges pending. Terwillegar was arraigned before Town of Esopus Justice Robert Grieco and was remanded to UC Jail on $5000 cash bail, $10000 property bond. Terwillegar was due to return to Esopus Court on September 21st at 6pm.


Deputies were assisted by the NYS Police.