Man wanted in connection of larceny downtown arrested in Buffalo
Remember the well-dress man wandering around downtown two weeks ago -- the police sent out a bank-camera photo of the man and said he was wanted it connection with an alleged larceny?
Police tell me the post on The Batavian led to numerous tips.
Yesterday, Yusuf A. Hassem a.k.a. Louis L. Reed, 69, of Buffalo was taken into custody and charged with one count of grand larceny.
It turns out Hassam allegedly ran a scam, convincing a local woman that he was recently arrived from Africa and didn't know what to do with $7,000 in cash he had on him. The woman suggested he open a checking account at Tonawanda Valley Credit Union.
Hassem reportedly told the woman he couldn't find an available teller and asked her to hold the $7,000 and handed her a folded handkerchief. It was later found that the handkerchief contained only cut-up newspaper.
And an envelope the woman had containing $2,000 was missing.
We're asking Det. Chuck Dudek for clarification on where the $2,000 came from and how Hassem was able to get his hands on it.
Hassem has two prior convictions for running con jobs.
After arraignment in City Court by Robert Balbick, Hassam was jailed without bail.