Pickpockets busy in Center City coffee shops and restaurants
The thieves are out there working, rolex watches for sale said Sgt. Phil McAlorum of the Ninth District, which covers Center City West.”This is that person’s job,” he said. “Just like you, they work to the day before Christmas.”But gone are the days, police say, of skilled, nimble fingered thieves who emptied pockets in theater lobbies, rush hour subways, and crammed elevators.Police say your grandfather’s pickpocket rolex watches for sale has been replaced by a less adept, but equally efficient, crook.”You don’t see the skilled professional as much anymore the classic bumps, the hug and lift,” said Capt. Brian Korn, commander of the Sixth District, which covers portions of Center City.”That’s something you see slim to none,” agreed Capt. Frank Banford, commander of the Ninth District, which handles Center City West.Though the talent has diminished, the boldness of the criminals has, if anything, increased, McAlorum said.His investigators handle about 10 pickpocket crimes a month.And in almost every case, it’s the same thing: a thief sidles up to an open purse hanging from the chair of a person lost in conversation or on a laptop or iPhone.”It’s just a reach in,” McAlorum said, describing the favorite move of the modern pickpocket, during an interview last week. “And the bag doesn’t even have to be open. I’ve seen cases where they remove the person’s purse, put it on their lap, get the wallet, and then just leave the bag and walk out.”Exact totals of the crim rolex watches for sale es are hard to pin down, Banford said.Not everybody reports it, he said. Some victims are just happy to be reimbursed by their credit card companies for the fraudulent billings that inevitably follow.There have been 162 reported pickpocket offenses in Center City in 2013, according to police data. That’s up from 133 last year.A review of those incidents shows the crimes were centered in the busy coffeehouses and restaurants between 11th and 16th Streets. But there aren’t any particular hot spots, McAlorum said.”That doesn’t mean the same place hasn’t been hit twice,” he said. “But it’s not like I can say, ‘9 o’clock Thursday, they are going to be somew rolex watches for sale here.’ It’s a job with flex hours they can do it wherever they want.”And they do, he said. The crimes occur at all times, not just during busy rush hours.”I’ve seen crowded places,” he said. “I’ve also seen where the only people in the place were the victim and the pickpocket.”McAlorum is chasing two pickpockets police believe are responsible for a string of recent thefts.One of the men has been stealing wallets from bags in Center City restaurants and in a coffee shop at the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, he said. The other has been targeting coffeehouses in Fairmount.