Less than a week after a 27-year-old man with autism was robbed of his birthday money in Stamford, Connecticut, police have pitched in to raise $1,300 for the victim, will deliver it to his family and have made an arrest.
Police said the victim was approached near Veterans Park on Tuesday afternoon.
The suspect tricked him into handing over the money, then pretended to put it back in the victim's pocket but instead ran away with $100 cash, according to police.
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Stamford police officers, members of the local police union and residents have banded together to collect money for the victim and surprised him with it on Monday, according to the police department.
The family is "overwhelmed by the community's generosity and support" and police said they would only accept donations until Monday, Sept. 15, at the department to respect the family's wishes, according to a news release from the department.
As police investigated, they released surveillance footage that shows him running from the scene and asked for the public's help in tracking him down. On Monday, they announced that they have made an arrest.