Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wealthy Old Lady Pick-Pockets Chinese People Because She Hates Them

Old people need to stay off the Facebook and, apparently, out of Chinatown, too.
A well-off Florida senior citizen has been pickpocketing her way through Chinatown, prosecutors charge -- targeting pedestrians for robbery as soon as she gets out of court. "I hate Chinese people," Ha Vasko, 67 -- a former war refugee from Vietnam -- explained to cops when she was busted on March 21, her fourth such arrest and the third that came right after she faced a judge. "They sell fake stuff, take the money and send the money back home," Vasko told the officers, according to a confession made public yesterday. "They get benefit cards and they don't contribute anything back. So I take their money and give it to people who need it. I give it to homeless people who need it," Vasko claimed. A retired restaurateur, Vasko owns a $400,000 home in Melbourne, Fla., with her retired-businessman husband, John. But on an afternoon in June, she was busted at Canal and Mulberry streets after allegedly unzipping a woman's fanny pack and lifting $500. That led to just the first of her four open felony indictments -- a crime spree so unusual, it came to the attention of the Manhattan DA's crime-strategies unit, which targets serial offenders. Prosecutors say that each time Vasko travels here from Florida for a court date, she walks straight from the lower Manhattan courthouse to nearby Chinese neighborhoods, where she's been busted three additional times on charges of jostling and pickpocketing.
Old woman Ha claims she's a diagnosed kleptomaniac. She's currently being held at Rikers Island on grand larceny, possession of stolen property and jostling charges; Her bail is set at $124,500. She's described as being 5'4" and weighing 458lbs -- wait, that can't be right. But it is. Fat ass!

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