NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Police chasing a suspected shoplifter in New York got a break when the man discarded a wallet holding his identification and his alleged victim's credit cards.
Trent Jones allegedly worked with an accomplice last week at the Pioneer Market in Manhattan. Police believe he took a wallet from an 81-year-old widow's pocketbook while his buddy talked to her about tomatoes, the New York Post reported.
When the woman realized her wallet was gone, managers at the store helped her look for the suspects on store surveillance tapes. They then looked out the door and saw the two men they had just seen on tape hanging out across the street.
Jeremy Diaz, one of the managers, said the accomplice jumped on a bus and escaped. The other man ran into traffic on Lexington Avenue and was hit by a car but was able to keep running.
As he ran, he allegedly tossed the wallet, apparently to get rid of incriminating evidence. But the contents identified him as Trent Jones, 25.