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Art Heist in Nice: The FBI made me do it!

It was a calm August Sunday in 2007 like any other at the Museum Cherét Beaux Arts in Nice… until 7 masked men, armed with pistols and Chechen hand-grenades, burst through the door and ordered everyone to hit the ground. … Continue reading

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It’s Catching: Another Victim Whomps Attacker

It must be catching:  Wednesday night a couple of Italian tourists gave a lesson in vigilante justice to a couple of local punks.  The Italians were driving through the Port around midnight, when two punks on a scooter attempted a vol à la portière:  the Nice … Continue reading

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Crime in Nice: Local Thug Beaten by Angry Granny

Two stories on crime in Nice caught my eye in this morning’s Nice-Matin, one funny, one not: After trading insults, a local man was surrounded by a couple of neighborhood thugs who started to give him a beating… in front of … Continue reading

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Celebrity Victim of ‘Vol à la Portière’ Attempt

Thursday around 7:30pm on the Prom, he was sitting in his parked car, probably with briefcase and phone sitting on the passenger seat, when his car was spotted by two young n’er-do-wells, looking for an easy mark. They pulled their … Continue reading

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Port Restaurant Attacked by Corsicans in Crazy Football Violence

UPDATE:  Check out the comments for an eye-witness account by one of the restaurant’s clients… The irony is that it wasn’t even a Nice match!  Yesterday, the Corsica-Nice ferry brought over four busloads of Corsican football fans on their way to a … Continue reading

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All that Glitters is not Gold: The Gold Ring Scam – Crime in Nice

Photo: www.bloggersbase.com The gold ring scam is back, with reports of a man working this well-worn ruse on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice last weekend. Here’s how the gold ring scam works:  A helpful passerby alerts you that you’ve lost something, and … Continue reading

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Crime in Nice: Up with your Hands!

Riviera armed robberies doubled last year, from 70 to 140.   The spectacular jewel heists make the news, but the real increase in crime in Nice was in the much less glamorous variety of corner store hold-ups perpetrated by down-on-their-luck losers.   … Continue reading

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Ariane Vandals Wish their Neighbors a Happy New Year… By Burning their Cars

On New Year’s Eve, while corks were a-popping up and down the Cote d’Azur, a very different tradition was being played out in low-income suburbs all over France… the annual lighting of your neighbor’s car on fire.  It’s customary in … Continue reading

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Crime in Nice: Really Bad Karma

As if the ordinary juvenile delinquents on the Cote d’Azur were not enough, during the holidays we also get the big-city kind that come here for their vacation.   One such 17-year-old Parisian, here for the holidays to visit his girlfriend, decided the … Continue reading

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Petition Scam: Sign the Petition, Lose your Wallet

Have you noticed the clean, nicely dressed kids, politely but silently pushing a petition at you?   It’s for a supposed deaf-mute center, but they get a lot more than a signature. Posing as earnest deaf-mutes, they are actually… Romanian pickpocket … Continue reading

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