"Pickpocket, Naples," by Angela Leighton

The New Yorker

Lost for a subject, and missing a turn among flaking billboards, unemptied bins, pickings for a light touch, legerdemain, there's an angel's wing flexed at my back-- this artist's quick impersonal tap, his opportune grace to feel and lift the obscure object, sweep and scarper, to dance for a living, no one the wiser, Or think another: I walk in a dream past double-parked lots, boarded-up shops, a drab street market hustling its cheap stuff, and chase the ghost of a child that has run out of time forever--memory's vagrant, aberrant self--and so miss the touch of a loss left freely at my back, an absent given, reimaginable fact--



Serial pickpocket jailed after 153rd offense

FOX News

After 153 strikes, a British serial thief dubbed by the media as the "Pickpocket Queen of Birmingham" is finally out. Margaret Johnson was sentenced to 30 months in the slammer after admitting to six thefts Friday in front of a court in Birmingham, the BBC reported. The 40-year-old – who has no fixed address – has 153 offenses to her name, 93 of which are theft. Johnson's targets included an elderly woman looking after her grandson who has Down Syndrome, and a heavily-pregnant shopper, police said. Video surveillance of Johnson caught her stalking victims and in one instance, she stole a handbag just six days after being released from prison in January, the BBC reported.


SCOTTeVEST: How To Foil Pickpockets & Airline Carry On Rules

Forbes Technology

There's a good chance that you've seen vests from SCOTTeVEST advertised and promoted for years. The overall premise is an intriguing one. The vest is a piece of travel clothing with multiple pockets, some of them quite hidden and ingenious indeed, designed to foil pick pockets and to provide you with ample places to stash your travel items. Like your wallet, your passport, train tickets and pretty much anything else you want to keep close to your person. It's an idea that has come to make more sense over time, given the draconian restrictions that we all have to deal with in airline carry-on situations.


Historians ask for help identifying 20th century criminals

Daily Mail

From racecourse pickpockets, murderers and two men believed to be the first people to try to steal an aeroplane, these mugshots reveal a stunning insight into criminals of the early 20th century. Now, members of the public have been asked to help with information on the identity of the criminals from Yorkshire who are pictured in a series of mugshots kept in a book at the Teesside Archives in Middlesbrough. Leeds Beckett University historian Dr Tosh Warwick is calling on the public to assist him in discovering the stories behind the photos, which feature a number of Leeds pickpockets dating from the 1920s. Racecourse pickpockets and conmen from the early 20th century identified as Henry O'Donnell (top left) and Fred Wynsdale (bottom right) are featured in the book of mugshots at the Teesside Archives in Middlesbrough These criminals from the 1920s featured in the mugshots book are identified as racecourse pickpockets and named as George W. Tyreman (top left), James Mansfield (top right), Thomas W. Riley (bottom left) and Harry Taylor (bottom right) Wartime criminals Private J Horne (top) from the 4th South African Infantry and Private CP Brookes (bottom) from the 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers are believed to be the first men to steal an aeroplane. British and Australian criminals operating in France during the First World War are also featured, along with two people'believed to be the first men to attempt to steal an aeroplane'.