He was trying to do a good deed - but ended up feeling like a common criminal.
Freelance photographer Carlos Alayo says he was late for a business meeting when he spotted a wallet lying abandoned on a subway platform bench.
He picked it up and put it in his bag, with every intention of later finding its owner, but as he rushed to board the 6 train last Wednesday at Grand Central, he felt a hand on his shoulder.
"Where's the wallet?" the undercover cop asked him.
Alayo, 32, is one of the latest New Yorkers ensnared in the NYPD's clampdown on thieves - known as Operation Lucky Bag.
After giving the officers the wallet, he was frisked, made to put his hands against the wall and hand over his identification so they could do a criminal history check.
Man who picks up wallet to help feels discriminated against by cops
It's disgusting that with all that's going on in this city, Bloomberg's "morality police" have nothing better to do than entrap people in the transit system. Hey Carlos, under NY law, you have 10 days to report found property. Therefore, you were arrested without cause. Call the NYCLU. Case dismissed.
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