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Panhandler Swipes iPhone From Boy Who Gave Him $1 and a Hug, Police Say

By Gustavo Solis | February 15, 2016 2:37pm
 A boy who gave $1 to a man on the subway is accusing the man of stealing his cell phone, police said.
A boy who gave $1 to a man on the subway is accusing the man of stealing his cell phone, police said.
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EAST HARLEM — A boy's kind gesture was reciprocated with theft.

A 14-year-old Bronx boy waiting for a train home from school at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue had his iPhone stolen by a panhandler after giving the man a dollar about 6 p.m. on Thursday. 

"God bless you," the man told the boy and hugged him about 6 p.m. on Feb. 11. After the hug the boy reached into his pocket and noticed his smartphone was gone, according to the NYPD. 

The boy confronted the pony-tailed man, who looked to be in his 30s, but the beggar denied taking the $500 phone.

The teen told police that the man said, "No, I didn't take your phone. Look, I don't need to go back to jail."

Then the man, who police said stand 5-foot-6 and weighs 160 pounds, grabbed his blue shopping cart and walked to the other side of the station, police said.

No arrests have been made.