Witness: Man yelled “times are hard” while stealing from Cub Scouts

Kenneth Paul Smith Jr. allegedly grabbed cash from scout's mother

Police booking photo of Kenneth Paul Smith, Jr.

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — A man charged with stealing the cash box from a group of Cub Scouts selling popcorn outside a Massachusetts supermarket reportedly yelled “Times are hard!” as he ran away.

Kenneth Paul Smith Jr. of Glocester, Rhode Island, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on a larceny charge. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

Police say Smith grabbed the cash from a Scout’s mother on Sunday outside the Malden Stop & Shop and fled on foot.

A witness managed to snap a few cellphone photos as he ran away yelling “Times are hard!”

Police arrested him on Monday when officers recognized him waiting at the Malden MBTA station.

The $238 stolen was not recovered, but the supermarket donated $150 and other customers have pitched in.

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