Police arrested a thief in the Times Square subway station Tuesday after they watched him pickpocketing a sleeping woman on live video, the NYPD said.
The thief apparently saw the woman sleeping on a bench on the subway platform just after 12:30 a.m. and went to sit behind her, according to police.
Video shows a man slowly and deliberately reaching into the woman's pocket and pulling out a cellphone.
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An officer monitoring the department's closed-circuit camera system at the subway station saw the theft in progress and alerted a patrol officer nearby.
That officer arrived on the scene and arrested the suspect, identified as Juvian Rodriguez.
Police said Rodriguez has 38 prior arrests on charges including grand larceny, assault and drugs. He was on parole for grand larceny at the time of his arrest, police said.
It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.