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Brooklyn man stole 93-year-old woman’s cash, NYPD says

A man stole an envelope containing cash from

A man stole an envelope containing cash from a 93-year-old woman in her wheelchair inside an East Harlem store on Sept. 7, 2016, a police spokesman said. Credit: NYPD

A 26-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested Friday after, police said, he was seen on a clothing store surveillance video stealing $600 from a 93-year-old woman in a wheelchair.

Broyoan Lopez awaited arraignment late Friday on charges of robbery, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. The NYPD said he took money the victim, identified as Maria Vasquez, kept in her bra and then ran from the store in upper Manhattan.

Surveillance cameras recorded the incident, which took place shortly after noon Wednesday, and the video was shown on news websites and social media.

A police spokesman said Lopez, who lives on Park Place in Crown Heights, was tracked and identified through an ATM transaction, though exact details of his apprehension were not available.

In the security video, Vasquez is seen seated in her wheelchair in Regines clothing store on East 116th Street in East Harlem, not aware that Lopez has come up behind her to reach into her bra for the cash. The stolen money was reportedly all the elderly woman had to live on for the month and news of the theft went viral on the internet.

While Lopez waits in a jail holding cell, Vasquez received a $600 check — her total loss — on Friday from store owner Josh Cohen, according to a Regines employee. Neither Cohen nor Vasquez were available for comment late Friday.


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