Cops: Boy Hugs Beggar, Beggar Swipes His iPhone

'God bless you,' the man reportedly said
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2016 12:48 PM CST
A homeless person sleeps on a sidewalk in New York.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(Newser) – A teenage boy is regretting hugging a panhandler after giving the man some spare change in Harlem. Police say the 14-year-old Bronx boy gave $1 to a man who looked to be in his 30s while waiting for a train home from school around 6pm on Thursday, per DNAInfo New York. "God bless you," the man apparently told the boy, then hugged him. But when the boy reached into his pocket, his iPhone was missing. The panhandler denied taking the phone, reportedly saying, "Look, I don't need to go back to jail." Police say he had a pony tail and was pushing a blue shopping cart. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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