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PICKPOCKET. A thief; one who in a crowd or. in other places, steals from the pockets or person of another without putting him in fear. This is generally punished as simple larceny.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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ISLAMABAD -- The National Highways and Motorway Police (NH and MP) Friday arrested two pickpockets and recovered valuables from them.
Like a clever pickpocket who when picks someone's purse in a bus or in a mela, runs along with the public who chase the pickpocket.
Former Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Senior Vice Chairman of Nazriya Pakistan Council (NPC) Mian Muhammad Javed is deprived of his expensive cell phone by unidentified pickpockets. The incident took place on March 10 last when Mr Javed had gone to attend the funeral prayers of a friend and Rector of Virtual University (VU) Dr Muhammad Abbas Chaudhry in H-11 Graveyard.
Five suspected pickpockets who allegedly prey on bus passengers were apprehended by four rookie policemen in Makati City on Thursday night.
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Industrial Area police station has arrested nine pickpockets including four women who used to deprive passengers from their cash and other valuables during travel in twin cities, a police spokesman said on Monday.
Spokesperson of Police told media that in the supervision of DSP Habibullah and SHO Mingora Amjad Ali police started crackdown against pickpocket on public complaints and arrested 20 persons in this regard.
A professional thief has told how actor Richard Madden has a natural ability as a pickpocket after training him for his latest movie role.
The CCTV images show four men in a pickpocket pack who thought they had struck lucky when targeting an unsuspecting shopper in a Birmingham store.
The Dodger is a pickpocket who earned his epithet for his skill and cunning.
"THIS summer could be the biggest opportunity for pickpockets Britain has ever seen," announced a former pickpocket as the opening credits of Secrets of the Pickpockets (Wednesday, Channel 4) rolled.
Using a 'pickpocket map' of places where it was easy to steal from people, police said they targeted vulnerable people such as the elderly and tourists.
Anyone who thinks they have been targeted by a pickpocket is urged to contact Lancashire Constabulary on 0845 125 3545, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.