Marko Forss, a Finnish policeman who was spending a holiday with his family in Tallinn when he saw two pickpockets almost steal a wallet from German tourists, wrote Delfi.
Forss said that he was walking with his family from the Tallinn passenger port towards the Old Town near Merekeskus when he saw a man who held a map in his hand and looked like a tourist.
„A moment later he was joined by another man who also had a city map in his hand. The two approached from behind an elderly German couple. One of them held out a city map while the other started to unzip the German's backbag," said Forss.
"I shouted at them and pointed towards the pickpocket who was unzipping the bag. They immediately ran away in different directions, like professionals."
Forss said that, of course, the two German tourists were also scared of his shouting because they had no idea of what had happened.
„They were lucky and It nothing bad happened, but unfortunately these pickpockets are professionals and usually succeed."
Forss warns that pickpockets are now using a new trick. "One of them shows the victim a piece of paper with something written on it while his accomplice empties the victim's pockets or handbag. The pickpockets are often professionals from some East European country who work in pairs or in larger groups."