Thieves

Paris pickpockets: The youngest pickpocket called for a group photo. They posed and clowned, but none of them took photos of their own.

Paris pickpockets – kids you wouldn’t suspect

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“No, no, I won’t steal from you,” the little boy says. “You’re my brother! Family! Family!” He touches his heart, repeating “family, family.” He…

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Bosnian pickpocket on the loose in Paris. Pickpockets in Paris

Pickpockets in Paris

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Pickpocketing in Paris is out of control. Or rather, the pickpockets in Paris are in control. The police arrest them regularly then see the…

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London smartphone theft bust

Massive smartphone theft ring busted in London

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Pickpockets are free to steal as usual on London’s Tube and trains, but they’ve lost their biggest buyers of smartphones. British Transport Police nabbed…

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Romanian pickpockets in Romania

Romanian Pickpockets in Romania

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The pickpocket pair was plain as day to us. And we were just as obvious to them: tourists—by definition, filthy rich and fair game….

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stealing credit cards

Stealing credit cards on trains

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So, we’re standing at a bar near the train station, drinking espresso with pickpockets in Naples (how we got here is described in Part…

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pickpockets in Naples

Coffee with pickpockets in Naples

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Coffee with Thieves An August Sunday in Naples. Holiday time for all of Europe and most shops were shut. We bought bus tickets at…

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Beggars in Stockholm; organized crime, organized begging

Beggars in Stockholm

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Beggars in Stockholm—everywhere! Just a few years ago, one never saw beggars in Stockholm. Today, one never sees Swedish beggars, but beggars from Romania…

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Naples pickpocket warning

Naples pickpocket Angelo sighted

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Guest Post Dear Bob Arno and Bambi Vincent, I want to thank you for your information. Before I went to Naples I searched for…

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pickpockets on rome metro

Pickpockets on Rome Metro

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Hunting Pickpockets on Rome Metro As we rode the steep escalator to the depths of Rome’s Termini Station we marveled at the swirling, pushing,…

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Pickpockets on trains

Pickpockets on trains

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Unfamiliar fingers fiddled with the flap of my bag. I let them. My American Express card was in the purse, along with a small…

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Pickpockets in Prague

Pickpockets in Prague

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When in Prague, Czech your Wallet We hit the cobblestones as soon as we had dropped our bags and admired our room in King…

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Camorra: Bob Arno, thieves, Barcelona, Naples,

World’s most famous pickpocket slams ‘blatant’ street crime rates in Barcelona

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Bob Arno, now a security consultant [as well as a comedy stage pickpocket], is the world’s most prominent pickpocket. Speaking to 02B, Arno lifts…

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Easy stealing: An employee's personal phone left unattended in a shop.

Easy stealing from lax store personnel

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Thieves simply walk into stores and steal the unattended personal devices belonging to employees. This is Courtney’s report from Manhattan last month. She works…

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6 rules for luggage security

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Another ring of airport luggage thieves has been arrested, this time at Los Angeles International Airport. So? Big deal. I’m not impressed. Not relieved….

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Street crime in Guatemala City

Street crime in Guatemala City

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Parque Central Before I speak about the horrendous street crime in Guatemala City, I’d like to dwell on the pleasant aspects of the city….

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drink-drugging; devil's breath; scopolamine; burundanga

Hotel drink-drugging (Hotel oddity #41)

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The Mysterious Case of the Uninvited Hotel Room Night Visitors “UNBELIEVABLE!” our friend Donny said when we unexpectedly met in the morning. “Bizarre! I…

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Guatemala pickpocket

Guatemala City Pickpockets

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Almost gone for good, finally. Our lucky wallet, our favorite thief-bait, would have been stolen in Guatemala City by a stone-faced woman backed by…

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A Pickpocket in Athens “kicks the poke”

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The moments you’re boarding public transportation are your riskiest in the world of pickpocketry. A pickpocket in Athens shows us just how slick, and…

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Fake jewelry doesn't thwart pickpockets.

Fake jewelry doesn’t thwart pickpockets

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Almost all of the opportunist pickpocket’s dirty work is preventable. I agree, it’s not practical to live in preparation for the worst at any…

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Chowpatty Beach, along which runs Marine Drive, where the Mumbai pickpocket was observed and arrested.

Police order civilians to arrest Mumbai pickpocket

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Our law enforcement friends in Mumbai do some creative police work. Methods that would never be tolerated in the U.S. Okay, so they knew…

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Grocery cart pickpocket

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Would you feel threatened by the smiling face of this thief? Grocery cart pickpocket I’ve written about the grocery cart pickpocket before, but here’s…

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Pickpocket payoff: rewarded for stealing wallet

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Pickpocket payoff “I think you have something of mine. I’m gonna give you a choice,” the victim said to the pickpocket. “You can give…

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Shopping cart pickpocket steals wallets from unattended purses in shopping trolleys.

Shopping cart pickpockets in grocery stores

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Shopping cart pickpockets on the loose! Just a reminder: don’t leave your purse in your grocery store shopping cart. It just takes a second…

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Pickpockets in Pisa, on the way to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. On a beautiful summer day, as seen from behind a cherry vendor.

Pickpockets in Pisa

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Pickpockets in Pisa are so active we don’t even have to go looking for them. They’re right there. Are they everywhere? It seems so!…

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Pickpocket in Barcelona, Spain. The pigeon poop pickpocket ploy.

The Pigeon Poop Pickpocket Ploy

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The Pigeon Poop Pickpocket Ploy as perpetrated in Barcelona is devious. We discover the original Pigeon Poop Perp, who pretends to offer goodness. In…

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A pickpocket steals from a thief under arrest

Thief steals from a thief

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A young pickpocket tries to take the wallet of a man being frisked by a police officer in downtown Rio. According to Globo, the…

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Kharem shows how the pickpocket's partner then comes from the front, dipping into the breast pocket while the vic looks in the opposite direction. How pickpockets steal from inside jacket pockets. steal from breast pocket

How pickpockets steal from inside jacket pockets

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How pickpockets steal from inside jacket pockets usually involves the application of something disgusting, much like the pigeon poop pickpocket does. Occasionally, they use…

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Bangkok theft from tuk-tuk

Bangkok theft from tuk-tuk passengers

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Bangkok theft has gotten bad enough that police have posted warnings about theft from tuk-tuk passengers. The convenient little auto-rickshaws, ubiquitous on the streets…

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Bambi Vincent in Khasab, Oman

Pickpockets prefer women. Why and what to do.

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Pickpockets prefer women! It’s not that we’re any less savvy. It’s the darn handbag. It’s simply easier for a pickpocket to slip his fingers…

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