Friday, August 04, 2006

Phone Camera Robberies

A news report out of South Africa about techno-savvy criminals using cell phones with cameras to rob bank customers. The set up works like this. Loitering thief inside a bank watches for a customer making a large cash withdrawal and secretly snaps a photo of the intended victim. The thief then sends the photo to accomplices with a cell phone outside the bank, who use it to identify the victim when he or she leaves the building. The victim is followed by the accomplices and robbed at an opportune time. A seemingly random crime that in reality is very targeted.


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