Another traditional craft is fading away

Good news, straphangers! Pickpockets seem to going way of dinosaur

The way things are going, subway pickpockets will soon be lifting more Viagra pills and bifocals than wallets and iPods.

Nearly all career pickpockets known to prey on riders in Manhattan’s teeming subways are in their 40s and 50s, transit detectives say.

“You don’t find young picks anymore,” NYPD Transit Bureau Detective Nelson Dones said. “It’s going to die out.”

Young guys now just want to deal drugs, old-timer pickpockets have griped to police.

Via Ann Althouse.

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