Posing as earnest deaf-mutes, they are actually… Romanian pickpocket prodigies. They start with getting a signature, then maybe a donation of a few euros, and then, so moved by your generosity, the adorable mute girl gives you a hug… and somewhere in this whole business your wallet disappears. The police have picked up this brother-sister team several times, but because they are minors, of course they get released immediately and back they go to do it again. They’ve been seen in Nice, Vence, Cagnes-sur-Mer, and this week they’re working the Petition Scam in Antibes.
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