NEW YORK – Police say a 14-year-old boy posing as a New York police officer is under arrest for snatching a legally blind man’s wallet in a Manhattan subway station — while pretending to help him.
The youth was in custody Sunday, nearly a week after he fled the station at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue.
Police say he approached the 64-year-old man last Monday afternoon, offering to lead him past a turnstile. Security video shows the teen unzipping the man’s backpack and taking out the wallet. The boy then bolted, and a credit card was charged $500 at a nearby store.
The video led to Sunday’s arrest.
Authorities did not release the name of the teen, who faces charges of grand larceny and criminal impersonation of a police officer.