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Homeless Man Arrested For Stealing Mother's Day Card

| by Michael Howard
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A homeless man was arrested Saturday after allegedly shoplifting a greeting card from a bus terminal in Manhattan, New York.

Oswald Jones, 56, was charged with petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property after police say he was caught stealing a $6.99 Mother's Day card.

"Mom, you've been a lifesaver more often than you know," the card read.

Employees of the store said that Jones, who has been arrested 92 times before, tried to hide the card in a clear plastic bag, according to the New York Post. But they stopped him as he left the shop.

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"My boss ran out after him," a store employee told the New York Post. "He reached into the guy's bag and took out the card. Then he told the guy to just go."

Jones, however, was intent on keeping the card and giving it to his mother.

When the manager told him he couldn't keep it, Jones reportedly lost his temper and began cursing and shouting, at which point the manager called the police.

"I really love my mother," Jones is reported to have said while in custody.

He was released on Mother's Day, after spending one night in jail.

The 56-year-old vagrant gave an interview to Reuters in 2015, where he detailed his struggle with homelessness.

He told the interviewer that he was having a hard time adjusting to life on the streets, especially in the winter. He said he could not find a job because of his criminal record and drug abuse.

"I come from a family with a home. I'm not used to this," he said, adding that he spends most nights in the basement of the bus terminal. When police kick him out, he rides the subway, the Daily Mail reports.

"I'm tired," he said. "I can't sleep. I don't have nowhere to stay. I have people giving me stupid looks."

Jones' criminal record dates back to 1989. While he has been convicted of 13 felonies, most of his offenses have been for minor infractions and violations. 

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Post / Photo credit: NYPD/New York Post

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