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Transit cops make 5 grand larceny arrests in 1 day; culprits have more than 75 priors total

NEW YORK — NYPD transit officers made five grand larceny arrests for five separate incidents in just one day, police said.

Police caught a man with 30 prior arrests as he was stealing a cell phone from a sleeping straphanger at the 14th Street Station, NYPD Transit Chief Joseph Fox said.

A plainclothes team also arrested a man at Mott Avenue on the A train after he removed a backpack from another sleeping rider, Fox said.

Another team arrested two men at Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, Fox said. The two men, who had 21 prior arrests between them, were stealing a backpack from a sleeping straphanger. One of the men had also stolen a sleeping passenger’s wallet at the 20th Avenue stop on the D train.

Transit officers also caught a man in the act as he was taking a wallet from someone’s pocket on the 4 train at Grand Central. The man had 24 prior arrests.