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Man Grabs $600 In Social Security Money From Old Ladys Bra, Then Gets What He Deserves

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An elderly woman recently decided to leave her home for a rare outing, but never in her wildest dreams could she have imagine what the day would bring.

Maria Vasquez, 93, was accompanied by her caretaker. They stopped at the bank in East Harlem, New York before stopping into a department store so Maria could purchase a pair of comfortable shoes. Maria, who has survived three strokes and lives in public housing, was enjoying her errands, until…

Out of nowhere, the security cameras inside Regine’s department store captured a long-haired man coming up behind Maria and reaching straight into her shirt! While Maria sat unaware and bound to her wheelchair, the man proceeded to swiftly grab $600 in social security money out from her bra, where she kept it so it would stay safe.

Maria needed that money to pay for food and her monthly bills.

By the time Maria realized what had happened, she screamed for help but the thief had already disappeared out of the store.

Word spread fast, and the anonymous robber was quickly dubbed “the worst person in New York.”

Now, it was up to the police department to find out who did this…

Maria Vasquez doesn’t get out much, and when she does, she uses a wheelchair to get around.

The 93-year-old woman lives in public housing East Harlem, New York. She is a strong woman who has survived three strokes.

Recently, Maria’s health aide accompanied her on some mid-week errands. Their first stop was the bank.

Maria noticed a young man looking at her while she cashed her check at the bank, but didn’t think much of it at the time.

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Maria and her caretaker then stopped at Regine’sa nearby department store. She wanted to pick up anew pair of comfy shoes.

But suddenly, that same man who Maria saw glancing at her in the bank walked up behind her.

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He proceeded tograb the $600 in social security money straight from her bra, scratching her chest in the process.

The robbery was swift and seamless, but the whole thing was caught on the store’s security camera.

Mariadesperately needed that money to pay for rent, electricity and food.

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The second Maria realized the man had stolen from her, she yelled,“Theyre stealing my money! Theyre stealing my money!”

But it was too late the thief ran out of the store.

Maria realized he must have followed her to Regine’safter watching her cash her check.

Regine’sreleased surveillance images of the suspect. Two days later, police trackedhim down at his home.

The26-year-old Brooklyn man was charged with two counts of robbery, one count of grand larceny and one count of criminal possession of stolen property.

Headlines around the city dubbed him “the worst person in New York.”

Here’s where the story takes a truly heartwarming turn.

While the city of New York lambasted the thief, Maria was flooded with kindness and support.

The owner of Regine’s handed Maria$600 in cash to make up for what she lost. He also gave her the shoes she had intended to buy.

Felix Roque, the mayor of West New York, New Jersey presented Maria witha check for $1,000 in donations.

“You hear stories about people hurting people,” he said. “This is a story about people helping people, and it feels good.”

But the generosity didn’t end there a stranger set up an online fundraiser that raised $2,000 for Maria more than triple its goal.

Maria says she’s overwhelmed by the show of love and kindness from strangers everywhere.

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/maria-vasquez-thief-busted/

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