Speeder fakes carjacking

Speeder fakes carjacking

“John Smith” was driving 180 kph when he realized he’d just blasted through a speed trap outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. “Knowing the police…

The Heart of a Thief

The Heart of a Thief

Does a pickpocket keep his appointments? Bob and I loitered on a corner with our interpreter. We were a unanimously doubtful trio already considering…

Pickpocket passion

Pickpocket passion

Hamburg, Germany—Undercover pickpocket cop Michael-G is the first person we’ve met who exceeds our own nutcase-level of fascination with pickpocketry. The day we spent…

Thievery in motion

Thievery in motion

The foot of Charles Bridge, in Prague, is alive with movement. People come and go, lounging and looking, snapping pictures, sipping sodas, eager not…

Street crime in St. Petersburg, Russia

Street crime in St. Petersburg, Russia

Prowling and preying with impunity, the pickpocket pair cared little about hiding their business. Yet none of the mighty swirling masses intent on going…

An opportunist pickpocket—part 2

An opportunist pickpocket—part 2

La Rambla, Barcelona—On observing the behavior of someone like Plaid, we label him a suspect. We follow and film, yet we can’t be certain…

Opportunist pickpocket – part 1

Opportunist pickpocket – part 1

La Rambla, Barcelona—On one crowded summer Sunday, Bob and I patrolled the perimeters of the street performers’ audiences. Of all the thieves and con…

A pickpocket cab scam

A pickpocket cab scam

Traveler Tim Hopkins reports on an “ingenious cab scam theft.” Lessons learned, disaster averted I recently purchased two copies of your book, one for…

Cargo ship, shipping containers lost at sea, ocean freight

10,000 shipping containers lost at sea each year

10,000 shipping containers are lost at sea each year! From my naive perspective, I’m shocked by this number. Twice, I’ve sent an entire household…

Ghost in the Wires cover

Ghost in the Wires

I thought Kevin Mitnick was a friend of mine—but that was before I read his forthcoming book, Ghost in the Wires. Kevin’s the consummate…

Pattaya’s sex tourism

Pattaya’s sex tourism

Pattaya, Thailand’s got to be the seediest, one-track party-town in the world. It doesn’t pretend to be anything else. Huge signs advertising the Fcuk…

Pickpocket at large in a zoo

Pickpocket at large in a zoo

The Nocturnal Sting and the Bite Skansen, Stockholm’s outdoor museum, suffered a nasty spate of pickpocketing incidents one midsummer. Up to eight known incidents…