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Cheers! NYPD transit cops bust three ‘lush worker’ pickpockets who targeted drunk subway riders

June 5th, 2010 Posted in 1st Precinct and Transit District 2 in the News

By Pete Donohue
NY Daily News Staff Writer
Saturday, June 5th 2010, 4:00 AM

Subway riders who imbibe too much can sleep easier on the trip home now that a team of “lush worker” pickpockets is locked up, authorities said Friday.

NYPD Transit Bureau police have busted a trio that preyed on intoxicated riders who doze off and are unlikely to notice being relieved of their property, police said.

"The three individuals arrested had more than 30 arrests among them, many of them in the subway system," Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said in a statement. "Their apprehension makes the riding public that much safer."

Victor Vataj, Darrell Wilson and Christopher Harris were arrested at a lower Manhattan station at 3:20 a.m. on May 30. A transit police officer spotted Wilson, 40, taking a cell phone from a sleeping rider while Harris, 43, kept the train doors open and Vataj, 34, stood on the platform "looking back and forth," the police complaint said.

A judge set Wilson’s bail at $100,000 bond, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Bail for Vataj and Harris was set at $60,000 bond each.

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