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Man Stole $500 from Toddler in Bronx Liquor Store: Cops

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    Police are looking for a man who allegedly took $500 from a 3-year-old boy at a liquor store in the Bronx. The theft was caught on surveillance video. Jonathan Vigliotti has more. (Published Thursday, May 9, 2013)

    New York police are looking for a man seen on surveillance cameras snatching $500 from a 3-year-old boy's hand at a liquor store in the Bronx. 

    The child had taken the cash from his mother's jacket pocket without her knowledge while they were inside Discount Liquors on East 163rd Street in Hunts Point last Friday, according to authorities.

    The suspect spotted the toddler with the money, then took it from his hand and ran out of the store. 

    The store owner said the boy actually tried to play with the thief before he swiped the cash. 

    "The baby tries to give him a toy to play with," said Rashad Alghazali. "He sees in the other hand of that baby, he has something."

    Surveillance video shows the man grab the money from the child's hand. Moments later, the boy's mother realizes her money's gone. 

    "She said, 'I lost my money, I have no money to buy,'" said Alghazali. "Other customer told her, 'One guy, he took the money from the baby's hand.'" 

    The suspect is described as being in his early 30s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 240 pounds.

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