Police are looking for a man who allegedly took $500 from a 3-year-old boy at a liquor store in Bronx.
The child took the cash from his mother’s jacket pocket without her knowledge while they were inside Discount Liquors at 1045 East 163rd Street in Hunts Point on Friday morning, according to authorities.
The suspect spotted the toddler with the money, then allegedly 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 cameras captured the man snatching the money from the toddler’s hand. Just moments later, the mother realized what was unfolding behind her back.
“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.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit NYPDCrimestoppers.com.
All calls are strictly confidential.