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Grandma Charged With Pickpocketing in New York City's Chinatown

A well-off Florida senior citizen has been pickpocketing her way through New York's Chinatown, prosecutors charge -- targeting pedestrians for robbery as soon as she gets out of court.

A well-off Florida senior citizen has been pickpocketing her way through New York's Chinatown, prosecutors charge -- targeting pedestrians for robbery as soon as she gets out of court, The New York Post reports.

"I hate Chinese people," Ha Vasko, 67 -- a former war refugee from Vietnam -- explained to cops when she was busted on March 21, her fourth such arrest and the third that came right after she faced a judge.

"They sell fake stuff, take the money and send the money back home," Vasko told the officers, according to a confession made public yesterday.

"They get benefit cards and they don't contribute anything back. So I take their money and give it to people who need it. I give it to homeless people who need it," Vasko claimed.

A retired restaurateur, Vasko owns a $400,000 home in Melbourne, Fla., with her retired-businessman husband, John.

But on an afternoon in June, she was busted after allegedly unzipping a woman's fanny pack and lifting $500.

That led to just the first of her four open felony indictments -- a crime spree so unusual, it came to the attention of the Manhattan DA's crime-strategies unit, which targets serial offenders.

Click here for more on this story from The New York Post.

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