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August 22, 2019

Sticky-fingered pickpocket who preyed on straphangers busted: police

November 8, 2018
Richard Rembert was busted for grand larceny after he was arrested for nine grand larcenies in transit. (Handout)

His sticky fingers are now stuck in jail.

A career pickpocket who preyed on Midtown straphangers was arrested this week after cops found his victim’s cellphone on him, police sources said Thursday.

With this latest bust, Richard Rembart has now racked up 41 arrests since 1984, cops said.

More than two-thirds of them are for pickpocketing, sources with knowledge of the case said.

Cops on Tuesday arrested Rembart, 52, on seven separate grand larceny charges for a series of pickpocket incidents at Columbus Circle, officials said.

He was re-arrested on Wednesday when cops linked him to a wallet grab at a Victoria’s Secret store on Broadway and Mercer St. in SoHo on Oct. 28, cops said.

Police said Rembart had successfully bumped and stolen items from six people at Columbus Circle. But he met his match when he purposely collided with a 74-year-old woman on the mezzanine at the 50th St. subway station, where he made off with the elderly woman’s cellphone and wallet, cops said.

Realizing Rembart had taken her property, the woman flagged down an NYPD Transit cop.

Police were able to use a “find my phone” app to track down the stolen item — which was on Rembart’s person, officials said.

The arresting transit cops quickly connected Rembart to the six other pickpocketing incidents and charged him with multiple counts of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. A judge ordered him held on $25,000 bail.

Police said that Rembart has been in and out of jail for more than three decades. His first arrest was in 1984 for grand larceny.

He did at least three stints in prison — his most recent incarceration was in 2014, when he served two years on a grand larceny conviction in Manhattan, according to court papers.

He was released to parole in 2016, according to court documents. His parole ended a year later, authorities said.

A call to Rembart’s Legal Aid attorney was not immediately returned.

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