Authorities in New York say a boy robbed a visually impaired man at a subway station in Manhattan last week after pretending to be a police officer.
According to Fox News, the 14-year-old suspect’s mother turned him in to police after surveillance footage allegedly revealed the crime in progress.
As the video purportedly reveals, a 64-year-old blind man was approached at the 34th Street and 8th Avenue station by the teen accused of impersonating an officer.
The suspect allegedly offered to assist the man, according to WPVI. Evidence indicates he engaged with the disabled man under the guise of helping him through the subway turnstile.
Instead, authorities allege the teen opted to unzip the victim’s backpack and steal his wallet.
A short time later, authorities say the man’s credit card was used in a $500 transaction at an area retailer.
Investigators said the robbery occurred on Monday. The suspect’s mother reportedly released him into police custody on Sunday.
According to a statement released the same day, authorities indicated they are preparing criminal charges against the minor including grand larceny and impersonation of a police officer.
Less than three months earlier, a 14-year-old on the other side of the U.S. allegedly impersonated a peace officer with less obvious motives.
As KABC reported, the teen was arrested in San Bernardino County in March on suspicion of impersonating a sheriff’s deputy on multiple occasions. He allegedly showed up at one residence in a uniform, inquiring about a supposed domestic disturbance.
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