A thief was caught on camera pick-pocketing a man who had been crushed by a truck in New York City.
The sickening footage was caught by a passerby who videoed the crook being cheered by onlookers to take the person’s wallet.
It left police without a way to easily identify the dead man in his 50s, forcing them instead to use his dental records.
‘We’ve already lifted prints, and waiting on dental,’ one NYPD source told the New York Post. ‘Thankfully they didn’t steal his teeth too. They took his ID so we can’t ID him. He’s a John Doe right now.’
The deceased man is seen wrapped up in several rags while still underneath the truck that crushed him to death as one source quipped it was good ‘they didn’t steal his teeth too’ after a thief took his wallet
Seconds after the incident, a female thief robbed the man as he laid dead on the street. An NYPD officer is seen standing just feet away from the deceased
Footage was caught by one onlooker – in which some could be heard cheering the thief on. Several people were at the scene as cops attended
The horrific crash occurred moments earlier on Eighth Avenue at West 44th Street in Manhattan as the victim was crossing the street on Thursday morning at around 11:30am.
It saw the man being crushed under a tractor-trailer in Midtown.
While some onlookers were shocked, at least one person saw an opportunity as a woman dressed in white pants and a black jacket, made a move towards the dead man, only to quickly snatch his wallet.
‘Go ahead, gangsta! Go ahead!’ one man said encouraging the have-a-go thief.
Other witnesses were stunned into silence leaving the NYPD initially unable to identify the robber, now wanted for grand larceny, or the man who had been killed.
A thief in New York City could be seen robbing a man who had been crushed to death by a truck in Midtown Manhattan
The dead man’s wallet was stolen from him before the NYPD arrived on the scene
The scene was later secured with crime scene tape before the body could be removed
Without use of the man’s wallet, it also left police unable to notify the victim’s next of kin of his untimely death.
‘It’s like the Gladiators. Nobody came in to stop? That’s even more disturbing,’ said Elma Kanefield, 83, who lived on the Upper West Side to the New York Post.
‘To see somebody dead under a truck and actually do that — that’s horrible,’ Marco Nieves, 51, said.
‘I am kinda disappointed, I didn’t think New York was the kind of place where that would happen. Sure, we’re used to being all grumpy and frustrated at each other, but we’re also supposed to stick up for each other and not like convince each other to do terrible things,’ Theo Cooper, 25, added.
‘That’s crazy,’ sanitation worker Jake Sean said. ‘How can you steal from a body on the street? That’s f**ked up. You’ve got to be at your lowest to do that.’
‘Living in New York you expect to see some weird things,’ Security guard Luis Ortiz said. ‘But to go through a body and steal? That’s a new level. It’s sad to believe you could be a person who goes through a dead person’s pockets.’
The accident happened on Thursday afternoon in Midtown Manhattan
Robberies in New York City are up this year by 33.6 percent. Assaults and burglaries are up 15.9 and 31.5 percent respectively
Robberies in New York City are up this year by 33.6 percent. Assaults and burglaries are up 15.9 and 31.5 percent respectively.
While murders in New York City are down 13.5 percent from last year, overall crime has spiked by 33.6 percent.
The city has also seen rapes jump from 1,137 cases last year to 1,249 so far this year, a nearly 10 percent rise.
Although murders are less frequent this year, the city contends with daily reports of assaults, with this year seeing a high number of brutal attacks in the subway system.