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Professional Pickpockets Strike On the Main Line

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RADNOR TWP., Pa. -

"They're very slick, very quick." That's what police say about these two guys.

They're professional pickpockets, and they've been victimizing women on the Main Line at places like the Nova Grill.

"They're very professional, very smooth, and you just have to be alert," Radnor Township Police Lt. Chris Flanagan said.

Surveillance video shows the two suspects going to work on their victim, a woman sitting with friends at the Lancaster Avenue restaurant.

You can see the one suspect reach back into the woman's handbag. He removes her wallet and calmly takes a credit card. A few seconds later, he puts the purse back in her bag.

"They're very well rehearsed, and I don't think this is the first time they've done it," Flanagan added.

When these two quick-handed bandits were through,  they calmly got up and left. Police say they struck patrons twice, once in May, then again on July 20.

"Business aside, I don't want people to get robbed. It's not good," said Nova Grill owner Costos Xinos.

"This is a fairly safe area, so I think people look at that and really target us," said Adrianna Ruiz, a nursing student at Villanova University.

Investigators say after the bandits grab the credit cards, they immediately go shopping. They racked up thousands of dollars in purchases before their victims could cancel the credit cards.

"We're at least over the $4,000 mark with just two of these incidents," Lt. Flanagan explained.

"I think just being aware is really important and knowing that it's happening, so you can protect yourself," one woman said.

Police urge women to secure their bags under their seats in restaurants, to zip them closed and check their wallets when they leave a public place. If your card is missing, call your credit card company and put a hold on it right away.

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