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August 15, 1986 | From Reuters
Police Thursday said four Yugoslav men between the ages of 26 and 28 have been arrested and charged with running juvenile pickpocket rings that prey on tourists in the French capital.
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April 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're going to the Louvre Museum anytime soon, watch your wallet. The world's busiest museum reopened Thursday with the presence of uniformed police officers aimed at deterring aggressive gangs of pickpockets who target visitors and staff, Agence France-Presse reports . About 200 museum workers walked off the job Wednesday and forced the museum to shut down, leaving disappointed visitors without a chance to see the Mona Lisa, Venus...
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2004 | AL MARTINEZ
Whenever I think of Oscar O'Lear, I think of Timothy Mittens. Mittens was a pickpocket and O'Lear was a pickpocket cop, so their association, you might say, was semiprofessional. I don't know what Mittens' real name was. They called him that due to the fact that years before, a judge had sentenced him to wear mittens in public places because he had been caught so many times practicing his trade. Mittens had asked the judge what he considered to be a public place.
WORLD
March 17, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN - The pickpocket, nabbed in the act, pleaded for mercy. “Please, let me go!” he implored of the spectators gathered on the sidewalk. “I am a father of two. I can't make ends meet.” Improbably, an onlooker invoking the onset of spring holidays and the philosophy of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy would help decide the suspect's fate. Moments earlier, two elderly men had dragged the assailant from the bus station on Enghelab (Revolution) Avenue, close to the bustle of Tehran University.
WORLD
March 17, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN - The pickpocket, nabbed in the act, pleaded for mercy. “Please, let me go!” he implored of the spectators gathered on the sidewalk. “I am a father of two. I can't make ends meet.” Improbably, an onlooker invoking the onset of spring holidays and the philosophy of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy would help decide the suspect's fate. Moments earlier, two elderly men had dragged the assailant from the bus station on Enghelab (Revolution) Avenue, close to the bustle of Tehran University.
TRAVEL
May 19, 1985
Having just returned from Seville, where I had my own brush with a pickpocket, I would like to add two suggestions to the excellent articles by George Reasons and Dorothy Casperson (May 5). The surest protection is to leave everything of value locked in your hotel safe. Many cities have thieves, but I believe that Seville may be the worst in Spain. Thievery there is a well-established, tax-free industry. Its pickpockets are highly skilled artists at their trade. Do your souvenir buying in other cities, which have the same stuff to sell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
David Avadon, a professional illusionist who wrote a 2007 book on pickpocketing, which was his trademark theatrical act, has died. He was 60. Avadon, who had a recent history of heart problems, suffered a heart attack and died Aug. 22 while working out at a fitness club in Santa Monica, said his brother, Joe Hutchins. For more than 30 years, Avadon had regularly presented his pickpocket act at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He also had entertained throughout the United States, in Japan, Canada and Great Britain and served as a technical consultant on TV and film productions.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
There's a certain shaggy, 1970s-era charm to "Loosies," a crime-with-a-side-of-romance (or perhaps it's the other way around) trifle written by and starring Peter Facinelli (the "Twilight" pictures, TV's "Nurse Jackie") as an essentially decent Manhattan pickpocket "working" to pay off his late father's enormous debt. This nicely acted, atmospheric gambol, directed with a light, occasionally random touch by Michael Corrente ("Outside Providence," "Brooklyn Rules") puts Facinelli's sexy, charismatic Bobby at the center of a handful of raggedy story strands that engage even if they never fully coalesce.
TRAVEL
January 29, 2006
I read Beverly Mann's article -- "A Careful Traveler Becomes a Bit Warier" [Jan. 22] -- and could so relate. I also was the victim of a pickpocket last summer in Madrid. It happened aboard a city bus as I was on the way to the palace and to do some shopping. Luckily, the incident occurred at the end of the trip; otherwise, it could have put more of a damper on our journey. It happened just three blocks from our hotel. I also had a fanny pack and was wearing it in front. I am sure it involved the two nicely dressed men who pinned me in on the crowded bus and stole my wallet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1985 | AL MARTINEZ
Oscar O'Lear was walking down the streets of Arleta the other day, slouching and scowling and thinking about Timothy Mittens. "I got so I kind of liked the guy," Oscar was saying, "even though I busted him eight times. So when he calls about two weeks ago, I say, 'Mittens, I'll spring for dinner one of these days,' and he says, 'Right, O'Leary, I'll drop a dime on you.' " Oscar scowled as he turned into a restaurant for a beer and a tuna sandwich. Oscar almost always scowls.
TRAVEL
December 9, 2012 | McClatchy Tribune New Service
If you have the money to travel, you'll want to spend it the way you want to spend it. That means making sure rip-off artists keep their mitts off your dough. With this in mind, the members and editors of travel website VirtualTourist have compiled a list of the worst travel scams and schemes and how to avoid them. Pickpockets: Pickpockets no longer limit themselves to the simple "bump and grab. " VirtualTourist members mentioned that in many instances, pickpockets are working in teams: While one shows you a gold ring or points out mustard on your shirt, another cohort is stealing your wallet.
NEWS
April 19, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Republicans are the party of business and the rich. Democrats are for the working man. That's what my dad always said.   Dad, I think you were on to something. The Times reported Thursday that the Republican-led House approved a 20% business tax break for companies with fewer than 500 employees. Republicans say it will boost the economy, but Democrats say it will add $46 billion to the deficit and that it favors wealthier business owners, celebrities and sports teams.
NEWS
April 1, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Beauty queen - Prosecutors in Santa Clara County have accused the former Mrs. Pakistan World of using her good looks to entice desperate homeowners into paying her tens of thousands of dollars in a loan-modification scam. The Santa Clara County district attorney's office charged Saman Hasnain and her husband, Jawad, with 17 counts of grand theft for allegedly bilking 17 homeowners, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
There's a certain shaggy, 1970s-era charm to "Loosies," a crime-with-a-side-of-romance (or perhaps it's the other way around) trifle written by and starring Peter Facinelli (the "Twilight" pictures, TV's "Nurse Jackie") as an essentially decent Manhattan pickpocket "working" to pay off his late father's enormous debt. This nicely acted, atmospheric gambol, directed with a light, occasionally random touch by Michael Corrente ("Outside Providence," "Brooklyn Rules") puts Facinelli's sexy, charismatic Bobby at the center of a handful of raggedy story strands that engage even if they never fully coalesce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
David Avadon, a professional illusionist who wrote a 2007 book on pickpocketing, which was his trademark theatrical act, has died. He was 60. Avadon, who had a recent history of heart problems, suffered a heart attack and died Aug. 22 while working out at a fitness club in Santa Monica, said his brother, Joe Hutchins. For more than 30 years, Avadon had regularly presented his pickpocket act at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He also had entertained throughout the United States, in Japan, Canada and Great Britain and served as a technical consultant on TV and film productions.
TRAVEL
October 14, 2007
Two weeks ago on the Paris subway, thieves picked my pocket. I reported it to police, who told me thieves are well organized and look for tourists who carry their wallets in their back pockets. Kooros Parsa Ventura
TRAVEL
April 9, 1995
Thank you for alerting the public to the pickpocket problem in Las Vegas (News, Tips & Bargains, Jan. 22). Last October, I made reservations at the Imperial Palace. When I arrived at 1 p.m., I was told the room wouldn't be ready until 3, so I decided to go to the pool. Big mistake! I took my backpack with change of clothes and my valuables. I went swimming for four or five minutes, and when I came back to my lounge chair my backpack was gone. Of course no one had seen anything except for one woman who thought it belonged to the man pulling it out from under the lounge chair.
NATIONAL
June 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Bill Barnes, 72, a retired Marine and Golden Gloves boxer, said he was scratching off a $2 lottery ticket inside a Grand Rapids gas station when he felt a hand slip into his pants pocket, where he had $300 he had just withdrawn from an ATM. Barnes said he grabbed the person's wrist with his left hand and started throwing punches with his right, landing six or seven blows before a store manager came to help. "I guess he thought I was an easy mark," Barnes said of the pickpocket.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2006 | Jim Rossi, Special to The Times
NOBODY knows New York better than a pickpocket; for convincing evidence, just look at George Appo's scars. Bullet holes pockmarked his stomach from the gun of a detective on Wall Street; a missing eye ensued from a con job gone wrong; and knife scars branded his throat and neck, courtesy of an old boss. Sixteen smaller scars marred his body. In "A Pickpocket's Tale," Timothy J.
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