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Man Charged in Cell Phone Theft in Somers Park

SOMERS, N.Y. – A 29-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday afternoon and charged with taking a cell phone from the car of a woman taking a tennis lesson in Reis Park.

As the woman drove away afterwards she realized her phone was missing. She returned to the park and spotted a man with a similar phone, according to New York State Police.

The woman tried to detain the man and call police but he broke away, police said. He  was apprehended a short time later by State Troopers with the assistance of Somers police officers and staff of the Somers Recreation Department.

Police identified the man as Alexander Matos, who, they said, lives in the New York City area but changes residences frequently. He was arraigned at Somers Town Court on charges of petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen goods, both misdemeanors, as well as fourth-degree possession of stolen goods, a class E felony.

Police say Matos is a suspect in two other incidents involving trespassing and burglary.

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