Police in New York City are conducting sting operations. No, they’re not posing as drug dealers or prostitutes. It’s actually sleazier than that.
They’re leaving wallets, shopping bags and purses strewn about the city, and if a passer-by picks one up and then walks by a uniformed police officer without turning the item in to the officer, that person is arrested.
If the wallet or purse they’ve picked up has a credit card in it (put there by the police), that person then faces up to four years in years in prison.
Two small points (copied from the article):
*….the law gives people 10 days to turn in property they find…
* The penal law also does not require that found items be turned over to a police officer.
The NYC police have done this before, beginning in Feb. ’06. Due to not being able to prove intent to steal, the district attorney’s office began to dismiss charges on these earlier victims. Indeed, significantly more than half of those arrested had no prior criminal record.
The last time they did this, the value of the items was only enough to charge someone with petty larceny, but this latest round, they’ve upped the ante with actual credit cards. See, they can’t put fake cards in there, or it’s not actually a crime. Or something. Whatever.
I can’t make sense of it. But I’m pretty disgusted. It’s like someone faking an injury or heart attack in the middle of the sidewalk and then charging anyone who walks on by with depraved indifference for not stopping to render aid.
Anyone from NYC? Can you give me a different perspective?
Today’s video is Leon Redbone and Dr. John singing Frosty the Snowman. I was tickled to death to find this one.