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Bob Arno “Pickpocket King” National Geographic documentary—part 2

Bob Arno “Pickpocket King” National Geographic documentary—part 2

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“Are you wearing a bra?” That was one of the first sentences directed to me upon landing in our location city. We did not…

Bob Arno “Pickpocket King” National Geographic documentary

Bob Arno “Pickpocket King” National Geographic documentary

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Day 1—TIME TO MAKE an announcement. Our long-dreamed of, long-worked-for project has become reality. Bob and I are making a documentary about pickpockets. The…

Bait and switch

Bait and switch

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Your greed + a deal too good to pass up = bait and switch: Buy-a-Brick “Pssssst. Come ’ere. A brand new video camera with…

Bob Arno on “Pickpocket King”

Bob Arno on “Pickpocket King”

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Hi, Bob Arno here. First, thank you all for passionate comments (here and here) on our National Geographic documentary, Pickpocket King. To a certain…

Italians petition against “Pickpocket King” documentary

Italians petition against “Pickpocket King” documentary

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In Naples, Italy, media reports concerning our upcoming National Geographic pickpocket documentary have stirred up serious controversy. A large number of citizens have become…

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Our National Geographic documentary “Pickpocket King”

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Bob and I are thrilled to announce the world premiere of the documentary we shot late last year with National Geographic. Pickpocket King features…

Death of a Rolex theft victim

Death of a Rolex theft victim

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We received another long email last Friday from a thief we know in Naples, Italy. Between his flowery prose on the trials and tribulation…

Officer DC, Bob Arno, and a Rolex thief

Revelations of a Rolex Thief

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“You remember that famous movie, the one shot in Naples?” shouted Officer DC. “In this restaurant they filmed that movie. The whole world knows…

Watch-stealing thief demonstrates

Watch-stealing

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Wristwatches are a classic subject of seizure. The problem is not widespread, but concentrated largely in specific locales. Naples, Italy, is only one of…

How to steal a Rolex off a driver’s wrist

How to steal a Rolex off a driver’s wrist

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When we interviewed Luciano in Naples, Italy, our translator, a Napolitano, explained how Rolexes are stolen off the wrists of drivers in the summer….

counterfeit fashion

The making of counterfeit fashion

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Counterfeit fashion If you’ve been to Europe, you’ve no doubt had to walk a wide berth around a sheetful of counterfeit handbags laid out…

Camorra; Naples, Italy

Gomorrah: The Camorra of Naples

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I wonder if Bob and I should have bodyguards, like Roberto Saviano does. We, like Saviano, write about and expose the Camorra, Naples’ infamous…

Scooter-riding bandits

Scooter-riding bandits

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Stung by a Wasp: Scooter-Riding Bandits Buzz Bob and Bambi I didn’t think it could happen to me. There was no forewarning. One moment…

Naples: capital city of pickpockets, part 4 of 4

Naples: capital city of pickpockets, part 4 of 4

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City of Hugs and Thugs. Naples, Italy— At the next stop, two more suspects pushed on beside me. The bus remained crowded all the…

Naples: capital city of pickpockets, part 3 of 4

Naples: capital city of pickpockets, part 3 of 4

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City of Hugs and Thugs. Naples, Italy— We left Angelo and wandered around the corner, through the fish and produce market for a while….

Naples: capital city of pickpockets, part 2 of 4

Naples: capital city of pickpockets, part 2 of 4

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City of Hugs and Thugs. Naples, Italy— Bob and I estimate that we saw 50 to 60 pickpockets in two hours on the trams…

pickpocket Angelo

Naples: capital city of pickpockets

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City of Hugs and Thugs. Naples, Italy— Friday morning we had a friend take pictures of Bob and me getting onto crowded trams. A…

How to steal a Rolex, Part 5 of 5

How to steal a Rolex, Part 5 of 5

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Naples, Italy— After lunch, Mario must leave us and we four are left to stumble through the dangerous quarter accompanied only by pidgin. Officer…

How to steal a Rolex, Part 4 of 5

How to steal a Rolex, Part 4 of 5

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Naples, Italy—Mario is not only intelligently fluent in English and Italian–he is interested in the conversation. He excavates the essence when Officer DC expounds…

How to steal a Rolex, Part 3 of 5

How to steal a Rolex, Part 3 of 5

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Naples, Italy— For most of this day, we’ve been accompanied by Mario, a friend and fabulous translator. Born in Italy, educated in Australia, now…

How to steal a Rolex, Part 2 of 5

How to steal a Rolex, Part 2 of 5

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Naples, Italy— We’re introduced to AS, tattooed and be-dogged, in front of his female family members. Women of several generations sit in plastic chairs…