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Cyclist Robbing Cabbies Stuck in Traffic, Police Say

By Ben Fractenberg | August 8, 2017 6:23pm

MANHATTAN — A brazen bicyclist has been stealing money from cabbies in Manhattan by reaching through their windows while the drivers are stopped in traffic, police said.

The man first struck on June 28 when he snatched $105 in cash from a 58-year-old hack’s breast pocket while he was stopped at Fifth Avenue and East 60th Street, according to the NYPD.

Police said he then robbed more than $300 from four more cabbies in July around the Upper East Side, Midtown and Union Square. 

In one instance, he was seen on video pulling up beside a yellow cab on a black bike, reaching into the open window, struggling with the driver before pulling his arm out, dropping a wad of bills onto the street and then riding off.

In the second-to-last incident, on July 27, he punched a 46-year-old driver at Waverly Place and Christopher Street before stealing $200, according to the NYPD. He then fled on foot and left his bike at the scene, which police later determined had been stolen. 

The cabbie suffered minor injuries. 

He last struck on July 31 when he stole $7 from the breast pocket of a 66-year-old driver at East 21st Street and Park Avenue.

The suspect is between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall and weights about 200 pounds, according to the NYPD.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).