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Man who appeared to come to car crash victim’s aid instead steals his electronics

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Aug. 17, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan

An Astoria resident who thought he was getting aid from a Good Samaritan following a car crash Saturday soon discovered that his would-be helper stole $2,000 worth of electronics out of his car.

Atef Chisty, 21, was driving home at 4:45 a.m. after volunteering with a group that feeds the homeless.

He lost control of his 2006 Ford Forester on 48th Street and it flipped over. Chisty then blacked out from a combination of the crash and heat.

When he regained consciousness, Chisty said, the suspect helped him out of his car.

However, while Chisty spoke to the EMT team that arrived on the scene, the suspect removed his iPhone 6, his Sony Vaio laptop, his wallet, a marble notebook and a black prayer drape from his car, according to police.

“That was kind of messed up. I feel like that’s crazy. I mean, that tells you that that individual cares more about material stuff. His heart is not pure,” Chisty told the NY Daily News.

Chisty is a junior at City College and is majoring in mechanical engineering. He was looking for parking so that he could wake up early for morning prayers at his mosque when the accident occurred. He claimed that exhaustion played a part in the crash.

Police are still searching for the suspect.

The story was originally reported by the Daily News.

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