PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – It was a crime caught on tape — not once, or twice, but a whole series of thefts as bar patrons decide to strip a passed out man of his belongings rather than send for help. Cops are going over the video to line up suspects, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported Wednesday. The video shows a man out cold, prone on the sidewalk. He could have used a helping hand but all he got was indifference before being physically robbed in full view of security cameras. It’s a sordid scene that includes a woman snatching a chain from around his neck, examining it like a predator fleecing helpless prey. “This poor man … nobody knows if he’s sick. Nobody knows if he’s hurt,” said Port Chester resident Sean McNerney, who recorded the video and was the first to alert the police.
Palacios remained prone on the sidewalk from just before 2:30 until after sunup. Just before 6 a.m. he is seen staggering to his feet and, without his watch or wallet, wanders into a backyard area. A startled homeowner calls police and in a final indignity he is arrested for trespassing.
Tough to have a worse drunk night out than this. Just flat out hard to do. I mean waking up next to a fat chick with a killer hangover and a broken cell phone is one thing. Waking up on a sidewalk at 6 in the morning robbed of literally everything you own then arrested for trespassing is another. Like you know when you get real sick from boozing and you say I’m never drinking again? I think in this case it might be a serious consideration.