A store clerk at the Best Buy in the Palisades Mall asked a man walking toward the exit to show the receipt for the Xbox game system he was carrying, police said.
the man pulled a folding knife from his pocket and said, "not today."
The store clerk let him pass—but followed him out of the mall to a waiting car.
Then the associate called the police.
Clarkstown PD broadcast the description of the car. State police pulled over a car matching it shortly afterward on Route 17 in Monroe.
Taken back to Clarkstown, the Middletown 21-year-old was charged with Robbery 1st Petit Larceny (misdemeanor), Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th (misdemeanor), Menacing 2nd (misdemeanor) and Criminal Possession Stolen Property 5th (misdemeanor).
He was arraigned and held on $20,000 bail and is scheduled to return to Clarkstown Justice Court May 19.