'Nifty 50' pickpocket Darin Mickens

NEWS: NYPD’s ‘Nifty 50’ pickpocket David Mickens busted again

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He just can’t seem to keep his hands to himself.

A prolific alleged pickpocket once featured in the NYPD’s “Nifty 50” deck of cards of the Big Apple’s biggest subway-crime recidivists was busted again this week in two more heists, police sources said.

Darin Mickens, 55, who has more than 60 busts on his rap sheet, was arrested Tuesday on a fare-beating rap at the Chambers Street J Train station and then charged with grand larceny for the separate thefts in Brooklyn.

Last month, Mickens was allowed to walk out of Manhattan Criminal Court after being hit with two earlier thefts — only to allegedly pick another pocket behind the courthouse less than an hour later, according to court records.

In the latest cases, Mickens was charged Tuesday with stealing a wallet from a home health care aid who was picking up meds for one of her clients at Sunway Pharmacy in Sunset Park in Brooklyn on Nov. 8, sources said.

Two days later, Mickens allegedly stole a wallet from the backpack of a straphanger on a subway train on Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street, according to the sources.

“This guy has been arrested 13 times so far this year, victimizing hard-working New Yorkers at a time when they can least afford it,” one law enforcement source told The Post.

‘Nifty 50’ pickpocket Darin Mickens has been arrested again.

“At what point will the system start protecting hard-working New Yorkers instead of hard-working criminals?” the source said. “So much for supervised release.”

The grand larceny charges repeatedly lodged against Mickens in the past do not qualify for bail under the state’s controversial 2019 criminal justice reforms — although prosecutors have tried to have him held on a loophole in the law, to no avail.

So, Mickens has been continually released without bail but under supervision.

He was awaiting arraignment on Wednesday.

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