Thieves

Pickpocket in Naples, Italy

Deception in Thievery

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Trust me…  The gentlemen thief of the strategist variety is a consummate con man. By design, he thwarts suspicion and earns his intended victim’s…

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Venice pickpockets

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Venice pickpockets are identified on a poster taped up all over Venice. Take a good look and you’ll realize it’s pretty hopeless to identify…

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Pickpocket paradise: a tram packed to bursting, thieves squashed against victims

Pickpocket paradise: a crowded bus

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Pickpocket paradise, but still requires nerve and patience Luciano’s morning hit was tense. He had ridden the trams during what should have been rush-hour,…

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Eiffel Tower pickpockets. Gone at night. No crowds, no pickpockets, no entry.

Eiffel Tower pickpockets force landmark closing

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The Eiffel Tower was closed due to pickpockets most of Friday. Once again, this so-called “petty crime” has affected tens of thousands. How many…

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Why pickpockets are not afraid of police

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With a million and a half views, our 50-minute National Geographic documentary “Pickpocket King” continues to raise questions. Here, Bob Arno addresses the frequently…

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Fehim Hamidovic, convicted chief of the Hamidovic pickpocket network

Hamidovic Pickpocket Network—Fagin is alive!

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Fagin—heard of him? An 1837 fiction. Hamidovic—know that name? He’s an actual, living, pickpocket kingpin. Reality. Hamidovic, arrested in late 2010, ran a network…

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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. Eiffel Tower pickpockets

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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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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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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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 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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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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Pickpocket proof clothes: Clever Travel Companion's black tank; safest place to carry money

Pickpocket proof clothes

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Though I’m not much for “pickpocket proof clothes,” I have road-tested and come to appreciate a few items. I’ve been wearing Clever Travel Companion’s…

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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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Thiefhunters in Paradise. Empty pockets. 404

Theft-proof vacation travel

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Theft-proof vacation Just about now, millions of people are thinking about summer travel. For many, it will be foreign travel. Novice or expert, it…

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Al'alla, a retired pickpocket in Tangier

Interview in an Opium Den – Pickpockets in Morocco

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In a dim, smoky opium den, we faced the backlit profile of the Moroccan pickpocket. He barely looked at us, concentrating instead on our…

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Pickpocket Gamila, in Barcelona

Pickpocket beggars

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On the heels of the Louvre pickpocket debacle, here’s a profile of two exuberant Roma women pickpocket beggars who tell us how they do…

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