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.