Police arrest ex-con for stealing six-year-old scooter in Brooklyn to sell for drug money

Boy, SIX, gets robbed of his e-scooter while driving down a Brooklyn street

  • Daniel Ufares is accused of stealing the scooter a week before the child’s seventh birthday
  • Ufares was released on parole after serving nine years of a 15-year sentence for a robbery in 2010
  • The 59-year-old has a criminal record of more than 30 years
  • Officers gave the child a new scooter, which is also used by a sibling with special needs

New York police arrested an ex-con on Monday for stealing a six-year-old’s electric scooter on July 6 — a week before the child’s birthday.

Surveillance footage shows Daniel Ufares, 59, snatching the child’s scooter as he passes the corner of 12th Avenue and 36th Street in Brooklyn.

A police spokesman said officers were unable to locate the stolen scooter, but they could gift the child a new scooter for his birthday.

Daniel Ufares, right, can be seen approaching the boy riding his scooter

Ufares grabbed the scooter from the boy

Ufares grabbed the scooter from the boy

He drives off the scooter and later told the police that he wanted to sell it for drug money

He drives off the scooter and later told the police that he wanted to sell it for drug money

Ufares, center, said he was 'sorry' for taking the scooter

Ufares, center, said he was ‘sorry’ for taking the scooter

The boy’s father told the New York Post that the incident had left his son traumatized and that the scooter actually belonged to another son with special needs who was using it to get around.

Ufares was still on parole at the time of the incident for a 2010 robbery in Queens.

He had served nine years of a 15-year sentence for the robbery.

Officers said Ufares admitted he was only doing it to “sell for drug money,” the Post reported.

“I’m sorry,” Ufares said as police led him out of Brooklyn’s 66th district.

Police were able to run the surveillance footage through their facial recognition program to identify Ufares.

Police records show Ufares violated his parole several times in his life

Police records show Ufares violated his parole several times in his life

Ufares’ ex-wife told the Post that scooter crime was low even for him.

“I never thought he would do such a thing to children,” said the outraged ex. “He’s a jerk.”

This was not Ufares’ first contact with the law.

Police said Ufares had been in trouble at least twice in Brooklyn, once for stealing steaks from a Key Food supermarket in Park Slope and another for stealing six packs of cooked shrimp from a Food Bazaar in Greenpoint.

His arrest record dates back to 1984 for a robbery in Queens and includes a 1989 attempted murder in the Bronx.

Police records also show that in 1993 Ufares served five years in prison for drug smuggling and violating parole.

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