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Game over for Xbox One Robbers: Police

Albert Tapia, Cortlandt, NY; Justin Landron, Croton-On-Hudson, NY; Emilie Vanca, Peekskill, NY; Philip Vitiello, Putnam Valley NY. photos/New York State Police
Albert Tapia, Cortlandt, NY; Justin Landron, Croton-On-Hudson, NY; Emilie Vanca, Peekskill, NY; Philip Vitiello, Putnam Valley NY. photos/New York State Police
It was a daring robbery, waylaying someone arriving home with the new Xbox One he had purchased at midnight the day it was released. 

Now New York State Police have charged four people in the Nov. 22 incident.

Troopers were called to a home in Cortlandt at 1:36 a.m. 

The victim told them he had just purchased the newly released Xbox One at the Best Buy in the Cortlandt Town Center—it became available at midnight—and had headed straight home. 

He told police he parked his car in the driveway, and was jumped by several people as he walked toward the front door. They beat him up and ripped the Xbox One from his hands. He ran into the house and told his father, who called 911, police said.

After a several-month-long investigation by the State Police Cortlandt Bureau of Criminal Investigation, four suspects were arrested on May 12, 2014 and each charged with Robbery 2nd Degree, a Class C Felony. 

  • Albert Tapia, 21, Cortlandt, New York
  • Justin Landron, 21, Croton-On-Hudson, New York
  • Emilie Vanca, 19, Peekskill, New York
  • Philip Vitiello, 20, Putnam Valley, New York    

All four suspects were arraigned in the Town Of Cortlandt Justice Court on May 12 and sent to the Westchester County Jail in lieu of:

  • Tapia – $25,000 cash
  • Landron - $25,000 cash
  • Vitiello - $10,000 cash
  • Vanca - $500 cash
 
Tapia, Landron, Vitiello, and Vanca are scheduled to reappear in the Town of Cortlandt Justice Court on May 15. 

Jay May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM
They had to have known him - no way is that random.
Shayna's Mom May 14, 2014 at 06:35 AM
I don't think the bail is high enough. This couldn't have been random & these losers need to spend more time in jail
Sal Anthony May 30, 2014 at 03:49 AM
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