Police have released videos of distraction thieves making two attempts to steal cash from the backpack of a woman in a restaurant at Steeles Ave and Bathurst St. on January 14. In the first video, the woman tries to get the recently withdrawn cash out of the pack but is unsuccessful. Then she engages the victim, a woman of 25, and the man is able to steal the cash. What may be instructive is the total absorption of the victim. She is apparently entirely unsuspecting and has her back to the money for long periods.
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