The “lowlife” thief charged with stealing a then-6-year-old Brooklyn boy’s scooter was ordered held on $50,000 bail Tuesday — whereas his lawyer took an inexpensive shot on the younger sufferer.
“I don’t know why a 7-year-old is on an electric scooter,” Brooklyn Public Defenders legal professional Sara Burleson, who represents accused scooter thief Daniel Ufares, griped at his arraignment.
Ufares, 59, was charged with second-degree tried theft, third-degree theft, fourth-degree grand larceny, petty larceny, and menacing in the callous July 7 crime.
He saved his head bowed and mentioned little as he confronted Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Quynta Santacroce, who additionally issued an order of safety ordering the accused thief to avoid the younger sufferer.
“Yes, ma’am,” was all Ufares mentioned when the choose defined the order.
He is charged with the cold-hearted theft of the boy’s scooter in Borough Park, grabbing the handlebars and snatching the toy away from the teenager — with the callous crime caught on surveillance video.
Ufares was busted Monday and initially charged with possession of stolen property, admitting to cops that he swiped the scooter for drug money, in keeping with police.
The boy’s dad mentioned the incident left his son traumatized and that the scooter really belonged to a different son with particular wants who wanted it to get round.
The NYPD stepped as much as assist the household, shopping for them a brand new e-scooter for the boy, who has since turned 7.
Ufares’ ex-wife mentioned she was stunned that even he would pull off such a heartless crime — regardless of his prolonged prison historical past.
“I would never have thought he’d do that to kids,” she advised The Post. “He’s a lowlife.”
Brooklyn prosecutor Wilfred Cotto needed Ufares held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday, saying he “is a repeat offender, two violent felonies, two parole revocations.”
Cotto mentioned that features a 1991 manslaughter case.
According to police and court data, Ufares was nonetheless on parole and supervised launch for a 2010 Queens theft conviction when he was busted in the scooter heist.
In court, Burleson, his lawyer, mentioned her shopper suffers from dependancy and desires assist.
“He is not doing harm to anyone but himself, your honor,” she advised the choose. “Mr. Ufares has addiction issues which need to be addressed. He needs greater assistance.”