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MAN WITH FANCY FOOTWORK CHARGED AS PICKPOCKET

The game is over for "Soccer Guy," a thief who picks the pockets of Japanese men by distracting them with his fancy footwork, police say.

Ben-Msyly Gil-Elie, 29, was charged Sunday with multiple counts of grand larceny after police witnessed his act.

"I'm not a soccer fan, but he was very convincing," Sgt. James Molloy said. "We observed an individual literally dancing around -- he actually placed his hand inside this individual's pocket, but the complainant pushed him away."

Four victims identified Gil-Elie in lineups, Molloy said.

Molloy said 15 or 16 men have reported being victims of the scam since October.

The officer did not disclose how much money was taken.

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