Epidemic of Pick-pocketing in big cities

In Manhattan, where transit larcenies rose 15 percent last year, police blame much of the bump on traveling pickpocket teams from Latin America. The profession used to be dominated by middle-aged men with light fingers and long rap sheets, but these newer players, who describe themselves as “whiz mobs,” tend to be made up of younger men, and depend more on collaboration than on manual dexterity.