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Bike-Riding Thief Busted for Robbing Cabbies, Police Say

By  Ben Fractenberg and Allegra Hobbs | August 11, 2017 4:42pm | Updated on August 14, 2017 9:51am

 Bryant White, 50, was arrested and charged with robbing cab drivers around Manhattan in June and July, police said.
Bryant White, 50, was arrested and charged with robbing cab drivers around Manhattan in June and July, police said.
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MIDTOWN — Police busted a homeless cyclist, who has nearly 50 prior arrests, for robbing cabbies since June, NYPD said.

Bryant White, 50, stole cash from at least seven drivers by riding a bike up next them in traffic, reaching into the driver’s side window and grabbing money out of the drivers’ breast pocket, according to the NYPD.

He was arraigned Friday and charged in four incidents from between July 1 to Aug. 8, according to a criminal complaint. In one of those, on July 27, White punched the victim in the face before making off with his cash, the complaint states. 

He has been charged with one count of robbery in the second degree and four counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree. He is being held in the Manhattan Detention Complex on $26,000 cash or $52,000 bond bail and is due back in court Aug. 16, city Department of Corrections records show.

White's attorney declined to comment when reached by phone Monday morning. 

Officials released video of White on Tuesday before busting him Thursday on arrest charges of attempted robbery, grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, petit larceny and violation of local law.

The 50-year-old robbed more than $700 from drivers in the Upper East Side, Midtown, Gramercy, and Greenwich Village, police said.

He was also charged with petit larceny for stealing $200 from a food cart July 5, according to a criminal complaint. 

He has 47 prior arrests, including a June 1 bust for petit larceny, officials said.