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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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Sources told The Express Tribune that people have lodged complaints at the police stations regarding pickpocketing and circulation of fake currency notes.
BEIRUT: Police said Thursday they had arrested two men suspected of pickpocketing and impersonating security personnel in the district of Mount Lebanon.
"We arrested her red-handed while pickpocketing a pilgrim," he said, adding that security officers handed her over to the Grand Mosque police station for punitive action.
PC Matthew Evans, from Digbeth police station, said: "Niculescu was a pickpocketing plague.
The suspect admitted to entering the country illegally to commit pickpocketing and theft.
In a raid on the GBP 1,000-a-month home in Manor House, police found a London Underground map highlighting 'pickpocketing hotspots' including Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush.
So far, Pasadena police have received just two reports of suspected pickpocketing from the Rose Bowl game, department spokeswoman Janet Pope Givens said.
Summary: Big snatching and pickpocketing has soared by 25 per cent over the last year amid fears the recession is to blame.
An introduction describes at length the cultural differences and hazards that American students need to adapt to, such as sensible precautions against pickpocketing and exercising care when construction sites and other dangerous areas do not have the barriers to keep people away that are more common in the United States.
She boasts she can net pounds 700 in a 20-minute pickpocketing spree in Tesco using a simple technique - talking to her victims while using sleight-of-hand to rob them.
Tecco Corporation of Suffern, New York, has introduced a twist-snap that can be attached to a zipper or bag closure to prevent pickpocketing. The T-Snap is not a lock but rather a time-delay deterrent.