A woman mugged on TV while discussing crime is an ironic twist that even a veteran news reporter could not see coming. The crime – caught on live television – has to go down as one of the dumbest heists in history.
According to The Associated Press today, as carried on Yahoo! News, a Brazilian television reporter near Rio de Janeiro's train station was interviewing a woman, whose name was not given, about the crime rates in the city and the perception that there is a lack of police presence.
In what could not have been a better argument that supports the proof that police need to step up their patrols, a young man quickly comes on camera and is seen swiping the woman’s gold necklace off of her before darting into traffic.
The camera pans and follows the fleeing crook. The reporter, identified as Eduardo Tchao, unsuccessfully attempted to grab the bandit, but the man proved too fast.
Fox News is reporting that the would-be thief was left empty-handed. Perhaps realizing that his sticky-finger pilfering was caught on a live feed in front of millions of viewers, the young burglar dropped the necklace, which was then returned to the relieved woman.
Brazil is known for high crime rates, linked to a rampant drug trafficking and a cocaine importing industry in conjunction with international drug routes. Depending on the source, officials estimate that the homicide rate in Brazil is between 20 and 30 murders per every 100,000 residents, placing Brazil in the top 20 countries by homicide rates per capita.
Rio de Janeiro is due to host this year’s World Cup, and crime spikes, riots and social unrest over constructions and infrastructure delays have dampened the build up for the visit of tens of thousands of football fans expected to crush the city this summer.
In August of last year, there were an astounding 406 people murdered in the city – a forty percent increase over the prior year.