Sort of a lost art these days, now it seems all the ambitious thieves are on line. And I must admit, if I had to steal I would want to do it in the air conditioning. Riding the subway all day looking for marks is dirty work. I can think of three people who have had wallets lifted, two occurred from purses in restaurants and one on the bus. Another buddy recently made a trip to NYC and when he got home someone had used his credit card, so I am guessing it was skimmed electronically.
"It's virtually impossible to violate rules ... but it's impossible for a violation to go undetected, certainly not for a considerable period of time." Bernie Madoff
This guy was on a Nova show or something similar where they were explaining how the brain can't process what he does fast enough because of the movements. It was pretty interesting.
I would not like to meet this guy...maybe with diving-suit on me