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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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How to steal a Rolex

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Rolex theft Naples, Italy— Here’s something you didn’t know about Rolex theft. It takes two men to steal a new model Rolex, while the…

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