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Sneaky Pickpockets Caught On Camera In Beverly Center Lingerie Store

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Two men and one woman were caught on video conducting what police called a "well-orchestrated" pickpocket inside a lingerie store at the Beverly Center.

NBC L.A. reports that the video, released Friday, was taken on October 23, and shows the two male suspects acting as the lookouts, while the female suspect did the actual stealing. Her strategy, a pretty smooth-lookin' one, was to hold a bunch of clothes in her arms to hide the fact that she was reaching into the victim's purse, and grabbing her wallet.

The video also shows the suspect going in again for more, stealing her cellphone, as the victim continued to browse, unaware. At the end of the video, we see the female suspect and one of the male suspects checking out what their loot in plain view of the surveillance camera.

CBS L.A. said that the suspect had no idea anything was missing until she went up to the register to pay; by that time, the suspects had gotten out of there. The slickness practiced by these pickpockets is cause for concern. Shopper Brooke Wolfe was shown the surveillance video by KCAL reporter and said, "I actually never zip my purse, it’s terrible, but I’m gonna start doing it now knowing what’s been happening."

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LAPD urges anyone who recognizes the suspects in the video to call the police department's Wilshire Division.