NEW YORK (AP) Police say a 14-year-old boy posing as a police officer was arrested for snatching a legally blind man’s wallet in a Manhattan subway station while pretending to help him.
His mother turned the baby-faced youth into police on 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 authorities released shows the teen unzipping the man’s backpack and taking out the wallet. A credit card was quickly charged $500 at a nearby store.
Authorities did not release the teen’s name. He faces charges of grand larceny and criminal impersonation of a police officer.
A police spokesman says the suspect was released to his family.