A Band of Friendly Thieves Stole People's Shit Just by Asking, Cops Say

There are all kinds of ways to pull off a heist, from dressing up like a nun to commandeering a backhoe to breaking into a speeding van. But according to the NYPD, a band of thieves in New York is using a much simpler method—making friends with bargoers and asking to hold their stuff.

The group of alleged con artists struck at least four victims in the Lower East Side last month, making off with their phones, wallets, laptops, and credit cards, DNAinfo reports. In each case, the thieves...

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