Stun gun-toting crook shocks with kindness

Getty Images file photoA robber armed with a stun gun took the $20 bill but gave the pennies back to his victim.

Getty Images file photoA robber armed with a stun gun took the $20 bill but gave the pennies back to his victim.

A stun gun-toting robber shocked his victim with his friendliness and aversion to pennies last weekend rather than with his weapon.

The crook reportedly emptied out a man's wallet in Little Hollywood, a small neighborhood southeast of Visitacion Valley, and removed a $20 bill about 7:15 a.m. Saturday.

But when several pennies spilled from the wallet, police said, the suddenly friendly robber bent down, collected the coins and then returned them along with the empty wallet to the victim.

The bizarre robbery occurred about 7:15 a.m., when the victim was walking in the 600 block of Blanken Avenue. He told officers the suspect had approached him asking for a lighter. After the victim said he didn't have one, the suspect pulled out a stun gun.

The thief then asked the man if he had an iPhone. When the man pulled out a less valuable cellphone, the suspect refused it and searched the victim's pockets for his wallet. The victim's backpack also produced little of value for the picky robber, police said.

In the end, the robber ended up with just $20. But he apparently wasn't sore about the small haul.

Before “fleeing the scene,” the suspect “tapped the victim on the upper arm” and said “Take care, buddy,” according to police.

He was not found during a subsequent police search.

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