Newsstand owner in Times Square says teens stealing candy, beating him

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Josh Einiger has the story.

There's a newsstand in the heart of New York City where the owner says some young thugs are ripping him off, stealing, and even hitting him.

Seven days a week, 12 hours a day, Mohd Kursheed runs his newsstand near Times Square. It's hard enough work without being knocked off, and knocked around by a group of teens.

"Two, three kids coming here like this, beat me, beat me like this with a stick," Kursheed said.

Day after day, after a nearby high school lets out, he says the same group of kids come by and harass him.

Security cameras captured the scene last Friday of them stealing candy and roughing him up.

"Everything, candy snatching, sometimes beat me, rude language, punching down my face," Kursheed said.

Police filled out a report, but then days later the teens were back.

This time Kursheed was recording with his camera phone as they threw snowballs at him and ran off.

Police say they've increased patrols in this already highly secure part of the city.

"My body's shaking, I'm not good sleeping, I'm not good eating, my wife crying, my kids crying, it's too much problem man," Kursheed said.
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