Thief steals laptop, cash from N.J. man who jumped on tracks to help woman

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A New Jersey man didn’t hesitate to leap onto train tracks to rescue a woman who fell from NJ Transit’s Edison station platform. And a thief didn’t hesitate to make off with Good Samaritan’s laptop and cash during the confusion, NJ.com reported.


Anil Vannavalli, 34, of Piscataway, N.J., dropped his backpack when he went to the aid of his 26-year-old co-worker, who fainted and fell on to the eastbound tracks about 7:40 a.m. on Friday.

Two other men jumped down to help lift Madhuri Recherla to safety  just before a train arrived, News 12 New Jersey reported. 







During the rescue, a thief took off with Vannavalli’s backpack, which held a $700 computer, $200 in cash, headphones, his work identification and train tickets.

“This theft, perpetrated in the midst of such a selfless good deed, seems so very disgusting and outrageous,” Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryant said in a statement.

Emergency workers took Recherla to nearby Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick suffering from a fractured knee and broken ankle. She reported she fainted because she didn’t have time to eat or drink that morning, the station reported.



















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