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Police replace autistic man’s stolen birthday money

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An autistic man received a surprise from police officers who decided to replace the money he lost during a robbery in Stamford. Police were able to raise $800 for the man, and they are still actively searching for the thief who tricked him. They also received money from local residents who were touched by the story.


A man with autism was on his way to purchase items with his birthday money, but he was robbed before he could reach the store. The 27-year-old from Connecticut had $100 to spend on video games and made the mistake of sharing his joy with a stranger. NBC reports that the autistic man showed the other person his money and was tricked into losing it.

The incident was caught on tape and reveals that the thief mocked the man with autism and refused to return the $100 he took from him. He pretended to put the money in his pocket, hugged him and left without leaving a name. The 27-year-old later realized his money was missing and had been taken by this person.

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Police were able to raise eight times more cash than the man originally had for his birthday. They hope this replacement will help restore some of the faith he has lost in humanity. In addition, they are still trying to arrest the man who stole the money. They welcome tips and ideas to help them find the criminal.

The family of the 27-year-old is grateful for the support they have received from police and local residents. They appreciate the effort that went into replacing the stolen money and hope the thief is caught soon. However, they have asked for the donations to stop because they are starting to feel uncomfortable since the amount raised has surpassed the original stolen birthday gift.

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