Daniel Twomey

Daniel Twomey has to be feeling pretty low.

He’s the guy who, on was caught on surveilance video encouraging a toddler to slip under a convenient swinging door to a New Jersey boardwalk arcade and steal a purse left out by one of the workers nearby. The surveillance video was taken on the 23rd of September, 2007, just after midnight.

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52-year-old Daniel Twomey can be seen on the videotape pushing his 4-year-old granddaughter under the door with his foot. Once the little girl has the purse, Mr. Twomey picks up his granddaughter and walks out of the arcade.

This story was all over the news, which freaked Daniel Twomey out a little bit.

He made the mistake of using an ATM card taken from the victim’s purse and trying to use it at a 7-11 that he’d been caught shoplifting at in 2006. The card had been flagged as stolen and 7-11 turned over the tapes of who had used that ATM.

A detective recognized Daniel Twomey and called the ex-inmate on his cellphone.

Mr. Twomey said he was scared and that he didn’t want to go back to jail.

He’d been there before, after twice being sentenced to prison time for burglary and once being convicted of possession of crack cocaine.

Daniel Twomey was arrested on Saturday, the 29th of September, 2007, at 10:15 in the morning as he was sleeping alone in his car in Greenwich, Connecticut. Police had tracked his location from the signal his cell phone had made as it made a call.

Twomey had a couple of knives, a club and prescription drugs in the car with him.

Daniel Twomey will possibly be charged with a count of endangering the welfare of a child as well as a charge of employing a minor in a criminal act. He also faces a charge of weapons possession in a motor vehicle and a charge of improperly storing narcotics.

His bail has been set at $300,000 and he’s been restricted from seeing his grandchildren.

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