A man “whose career of pick pocketing on Muni lines spanned 30 years” was sentenced to a year in prison, police announced Friday.
Thomas David Wilson, 49, was taken into custody on March 2 after a retired investigator from the District Attorney’s Office watched the man steal a wallet from a victim on the 30-Stockton.
The next day, state parole agents sent a photograph of Wilson to Central Station officers, who then made an arrest.
Wilson has been arrested numerous times over the years for picking people’s pockets on bus lines in the Central district, which covers North Beach and Chinatown.
The thief was sentenced to one year in state prison. Once released, he will not be allowed on the Muni lines he targeted, according to police.
Police are using the case as an example to remind transit riders to be “wary of someone standing too close or jostling, as this may be the prelude to a pickpocket attempt.”
Women should hold on securely to purses and men should keep their wallet in their front pants pocket, police say. Be especially cautious when wearing a backpack, keeping the zippered portion in view.