EvenBob
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April 9th, 2011 at 9:06:49 PM permalink
A friend of mine was in Vegas last week. He and his wife were Downtown and a tall black woman bumped into him really hard in the street and almost knocked him down. She was drunk, or acting drunk, and said she was sorry and went on her way. My friend was alone and went back up to his hotel room to get his wife for dinner. When dinner was over, he realized his wallet was gone. He tracked down one of bicycle cops on the Fremont Experience and told his story. The cop totally didn't believe him. The cop said they hear stories like his all the time from guys who hire a hooker and get rolled. He said there are no pickpockets Downtown, they're all on the Strip, the cops do too good a job Downtown. He wouldn't even take my friends statement, he told him to go to the police station in the morning, which he did. They said nothing to him there, didn't even ask any questions, they didn't believe him either. He filed the report and left. My friend is still really pissed, I don't blame him.
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FleaStiff
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April 9th, 2011 at 9:32:15 PM permalink
In touristy areas the cops know how to keep the crime statistics down.
It happens.
Its not going to get solved. Not ever. So why generate negative statistics.
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April 9th, 2011 at 9:42:27 PM permalink
Reminds me of the brush off I got when my iPad was stolen. The LVPD seem to not care much about non-violent crime.
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EvenBob
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April 9th, 2011 at 10:59:32 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Reminds me of the brush off I got when my iPad was stolen. The LVPD seem to not care much about non-violent crime.



I bet if it was a casino complaining about something, they'd get right on it.
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April 10th, 2011 at 4:38:25 AM permalink
That seems like a pretty crappy way to treat a citizen.

What a nicer cop would have said: "Thanks for the info, we'll keep an eye out for her. Unfortunately, the chances of us recovering your wallet are very slim. It would be best to make your statement at the police station. They can handle the paperwork better, and I need to keep an eye out for the pickpockets."

Even if he did think the victim is full of crap, the cop can keep his thoughts about hookers to himself.
benbakdoff
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April 10th, 2011 at 4:41:23 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

A friend of mine was in Vegas last week. He and his wife were Downtown and a tall black woman bumped into him really hard in the street and almost knocked him down. She was drunk, or acting drunk, and said she was sorry and went on her way. My friend was alone and went back up to his hotel room to get his wife for dinner. When dinner was over, he realized his wallet was gone. He tracked down one of bicycle cops on the Fremont Experience and told his story. The cop totally didn't believe him. The cop said they hear stories like his all the time from guys who hire a hooker and get rolled. He said there are no pickpockets Downtown, they're all on the Strip, the cops do too good a job Downtown. He wouldn't even take my friends statement, he told him to go to the police station in the morning, which he did. They said nothing to him there, didn't even ask any questions, they didn't believe him either. He filed the report and left. My friend is still really pissed, I don't blame him.



I've heard that same story except that the woman was really a guy in drag and has left many victims in his/her wake. Anyone representing the city should be catering to us-their bread and butter. Instead they see us all as chumps who can easily be replaced. Sorry to hear about your friend.

I'm starting a thread about personal safety. Please weigh in with your thoughts.
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April 10th, 2011 at 4:48:27 AM permalink
By the way, most dips do not take the money out of the wallet. They hand off the wallet to someone carrying a newspaper and walking in the opposite direction. The wallet is in a trash container or something. They used to put them in mailboxes but there are none of those around anymore. Most dips these days are from Eastern Europe so look for a team of lookouts, a few stalls, a bumper, a few stay-behind screamers.
EvenBob
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April 10th, 2011 at 4:53:00 AM permalink
Quote: benbakdoff

I've heard that same story except that the woman was really a guy in drag .



My friend is convinced this is the case. He felt like he was hit by a 6ft linebacker, and he thinks his wallet was lifted by an accomplice. It was all he could do to keep from hitting the ground, and somebody 'helped' him. It was probably the pickpocket.
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EvenBob
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April 10th, 2011 at 4:55:19 AM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

By the way, most dips do not take the money out of the wallet. They hand off the wallet to someone carrying a newspaper and walking in the opposite direction. The wallet is in a trash container or something.



Maybe. But the value of credit cards and identity theft these days outweighs whats usually in the wallet.
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April 10th, 2011 at 5:50:38 AM permalink
This can be avoided by keeping your wallet in your front pants pocket, or by wrapping the wallet with a thick rubberband if it's in your back pocket.
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