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Purse Sting Nabs Good Samaritans, Critics Say

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Purse Sting Nabs Good Samaritans, Critics Say

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Purse Sting Nabs Good Samaritans, Critics Say

Purse Sting Nabs Good Samaritans, Critics Say

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A New York City police program is credited with cutting subway crime, but critics say it targets good Samaritans as much as thieves.

For the past couple of years, the New York Police Department has left wallets and purses in public places, including subways, in an attempt to snare criminals.

Organizations like the New York Civil Liberties Union say many a good Samaritan has picked up a wallet with the intention of finding its owner, only to find that he or she is under arrest.