STAMFORD, Conn. — Police in Stamford are searching for a man who they said allegedly stole birthday money from an autistic man.
It happened on Sept. 9 and was caught on surveillance cameras, showing the suspect singling out the 27-year-old victim, following him into an area near the Stamford Town Center Mall, and then talking to him.
“It’s sad to see him being taken advantage of, that somebody would have the audacity to do that,” said Sgt. Kelly Connelly, of Stamford police.
The victim allegedly got excited thinking that he had a new friend, and showed him his $100 birthday money that he received. That’s when police said the suspect took the money and pretended to put it back into the victim’s pocket.
The man even gave the suspect a hug before the suspect took off running.
Police are trying to find the thief by showing the surveillance video. The suspect was wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt with a square-shaped print on it. His pants had a white stripe down the side.
While the birthday money is probably gone, police are still trying to change that.
“It kind of started as a spur of the moment, three or four officers, and now it has bloomed into a collection for him, beyond the police department and out into the community,” Connelly added.
The officers, the police union and now random people are stopping by the police department and have raised nearly thousands of dollars, and all of the money will go to the victim so he can get back to enjoying his birthday.
“It just goes to show that there are good people out there who are kindhearted. It’s very uplifting,” said Stephanie Lore, of Stamford.
Anyone with information about what happened was asked to call the Stamford Police Department.