Thiefhunters in Paradise http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters Pickpockets, Con Artists, Gangsters, Thieves, and Travel Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:50:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 World’s most famous pickpocket slams ‘blatant’ street crime rates in Barcelona http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/worlds-famous-pickpocket-slams-blatant-street-crime-rates-barcelona/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/worlds-famous-pickpocket-slams-blatant-street-crime-rates-barcelona/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:50:34 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=6009 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 from lax store personnel http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/easy-stealing-lax-store-personnel/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/easy-stealing-lax-store-personnel/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:00:11 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5970 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 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/luggage-security-rules/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/luggage-security-rules/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:58:08 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5984 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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Vodka and caviar in Russia http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/vodka-and-caviar/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/vodka-and-caviar/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:00:18 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5756 Vodka and caviar in Russia Russian oligarchs suck billions of dollars from the national economy but leave lavish scraps to tease big bucks from...

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Turkish counterfeits http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/turkish-counterfeits/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/turkish-counterfeits/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:31:09 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5918 How one thing leads to another… Bob and I were enjoying a delicious dinner in a small Turkish resort town. It was a balmy,...

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Tokyo Narita Airport comfort http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/tokyo-narita-airport-comfort/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/tokyo-narita-airport-comfort/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:20:26 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5931 The weather was terrible when we visited Japan last month. There was a whole inch of snow on the ground, and slushy puddles to...

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Hotel speak — Hotel Oddity #42 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/hotel-speak-hotel-oddity-42/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/hotel-speak-hotel-oddity-42/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:10:04 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5908 Hotel speak “Welcome! We have a lovely room for you in our resort wing, overlooking the pool!” Reality: Yeah, directly opposite the looming parking...

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Three-card monte expert Rod the Hop, R.I.P. http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/three-card-monte/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/three-card-monte/#comments Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:54:26 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5879 They’s ony three kinda men I won’t play with: That’s a po’ man, a blind man, an a police-man! Rod the Hop, my Las...

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Street crime in Guatemala City http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/street-crime-guatemala-city/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/street-crime-guatemala-city/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:00:27 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5858 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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Free Wifi! Filtered! http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/free-wifi-filtered/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/free-wifi-filtered/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 03:00:57 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5838 Free WiFi! Some things are better filtered. Water, for one. Do you like unfiltered sake? Apple juice? What about your internet? I saw this...

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United Airlines’ boorish clientele http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/united-airlines-boorish-clientele/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/united-airlines-boorish-clientele/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:00:18 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5776 Just wondering: what kind of clientele does United Airlines have? I mean, is it really necessary to place a formal request on each coffee...

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Hotel drink-drugging (Hotel oddity #41) http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/hotel-drink-drugging/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/hotel-drink-drugging/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:00:19 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5823 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 City Pickpockets http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/guatemala-city-pickpockets/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/guatemala-city-pickpockets/#comments Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:18:27 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5788 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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Hotel room gripes http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/hotel-room-gripes/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/hotel-room-gripes/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:06:07 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5746 8+ hotel room gripes that shouldn’t exist but are all too common. As a hotel-dweller (some 200+ nights per year for the past 20...

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Bag Snatch Cafe http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/bag-snatch-cafe/ http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/bag-snatch-cafe/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:15:07 +0000 http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/?p=5714 You can hardly call it bag-snatching when a handbag is left hanging on the back of a chair, free for the taking. We regularly...

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