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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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Pickpockets in Durban, South Africa

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“We do what you do,” Bob told the poker-faced pickpocket. “Same job.” Looking at his blank expression, it wasn’t clear that he understood. Perhaps…

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Cruise director Paul McFarland

Mugged in Mumbai—and an unexpected Karmic twist

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“I WANT,” is the driving force behind mugging: need and greed. But these muggers in India also had intangible desires that compelled them to…

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Oktoberfest: Breasts, big beers, and Bavarian barf

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Called in to pickpocket goodies from the massive Munich Oktoberfest crowd, Bob and I, just back from Japan to do a show for Monsanto…

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Social engineering—is it time to curtail trust?

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A couple of scumbags have been casing neighborhoods in Las Vegas, preying on elders. They chat up residents, pretending to be a former resident…

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The cozy-up steal

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Sandy and Frances thought little of the gaggle of girls who flopped onto the bench they were resting on. There were more girls than…

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Muscat souk

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There was plenty of clowning around in Muscat last week. In the souk, Bob put a camera on a tripod and walked away from…

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A false sense of security

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To a pair of pickpockets in London, Lionel Skidmore looked like an easy target. The thieves mounted a bus, then immediately turned and got…

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Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs, part 4 of 5

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St. Petersburg— “They think I robbed you,” he said. By then it must have been obvious to the cops that we were not Mohammed’s…

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Bag snatch at the outdoor café

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What’s more charming than a leisurely break at an outdoor café? Coffee, a beer, a glass of wine, maybe lunch… You chat with friends…

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

Pigeon poop pickpocket

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Barcelona, Spain—The Pigeon Poop Pickpocket got me with a double-blob on my back. I felt it ever-so-lightly and knew instantly we’d been accosted by…

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Pickpocket technique in Barcelona, Spain

A pickpocket technique updated

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Barcelona, Spain—We found Kharem again on La Rambla. He passed us head-on, with a huge smile. He didn’t notice us, but I recognized him….

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Invitation to steal

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Bob and I must not be working hard enough. We’re just not getting the message out. We had a very good dinner at the…

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Baby thieves

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…continuing the story Tourists and thieves: a collision course ROME POLICE OFFICER CELINI remembered us from previous visits and greeted us warmly. Without asking,…

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Stalking a moving target

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Preface, part-a, Travel Advisory If Bob’s and my first priority is putting pickpockets and con artists out of business, our second is to encourage…

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