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When A Homeless Man’s Last $500 Were Stolen, A Single Mom Took Matters Into Her Own Hands

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Charles Reynolds was living hand to mouth, and says he was "pretty much homeless" when he cashed a pair of paychecks worth $500 at a Walmart in Largo, Florida.

So the last thing he needed was for a thief to run out of the store with his hard-earned money. Reynolds says that when a Walmart employee put his cash on a counter, the thief "politely reached around and snatched it, right off the counter, I mean right next to the register.”

Reynolds chases the thief out of the store.ABC Action News

But the 26-year-old suspect, Chad Alves-Cardoso, probably wasn't expecting 60-year-old Reynolds to chase him out of the store.

Security footage caught the men dashing out of the store, as Cardoso dropped bills and even punched Reynolds to get the older man off his tail. The bold thief eventually jumped over a cement wall and got away.

Police later tracked the man down, but weren't able to recover the stolen money. Thankfully, a good Samaritan with a difficult life story of her own heard about Reynolds and his story.

Kari Diaz heard about the robbery on the local news.ABC Action News

Unlike most of us who hear about a sad news story and change the channel, Kari Diaz decided to actually do something to help. She managed to collect $500 for the elderly homeless man, but just how she raised the money has everyone talking.

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