NYC: “Legendary” pickpocket’s accomplice sought after wallet-grab on city bus in Manhattan

He’s been called the city’s best pickpocket, but he gets some help sometimes — and cops are looking for his accomplice.

Rudy Brown, 58 — who’s so well-known in pickpocketing circles that another master thief called him a mentor in a 2014 New York Times article — lifted a man’s wallet on an M100 bus in Harlem Aug. 21, cops said.

Cops recently arrested Brown for the theft, but on Wednesday the NYPD released a photo of a second man, who along with Brown used one of the victim’s credit cards at a 125th St. A train station to buy two MetroCards.

Brown had such a light touch that the 69-year-old victim didn’t realize his wallet was gone until he left the bus, police said.

Unfortunately for the master thief, the crime was caught on camera, and a detective watching the footage recognized him, authorities said.

Police caught up with him Oct. 18 and arrested him on a grand larceny charge.

Cops describe his accomplice as a black man with gray beard, wearing a dark blue Yankees cap, a white shirt, gray sweatpants and gray sneakers. They ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

In 2014, a fellow pickpocket, Wilfred Rose, described Brown in a New York Times interview as a skilled thief who knew how to pick a pocket behind his back and take cash from a wallet while it’s safely nestled in a victim’s pocket.



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