Man Snatches $600 From Bra Of 93-Year-Old Woman In Wheelchair, Then Gets What He Deserves.
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.
She decided to leave her home for a rare outing, but never in her wildest dreams could she have imagine what the day would bring.
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.
Maria realized he must have followed her to Regine’s after watching her cash her check.
Regine’s released surveillance images of the suspect. Two days later, police tracked him down at his home.
The 26-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 with a 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.
Thankfully, justice has been served. This story proves there are good people in the world. Please SHARE Maria’s story with your friends.