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Beware thieves at zurich airport

Waiting in line to check in at the Easyjet counter the other day I stupidly put my handbag on top of my suitcase and turned my head. Luckily the line moved forward and I turned back to move my luggage only to see a thief had already picked up the handbag and was about to walk off with it. He so nearly succeeded



I do martial arts and my first reaction was to grab his arm and pull him towards me and he dropped my bag. Being female, I carry everything in that bag – wallet, keys, iphone etc, etc.


I am shocked how brazen this guy was so everyone please be extra vigilant at the airport. THIEVES ARE WORKING THERE. Don’t make yourself an easy target as I did


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Old 06.04.2012, 15:17
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Re: Beware thieves at zurich airport

And? Don't stop the story in the middle of it! Did you kick him in the nuts and scream out loud and then get him in an armlock whilst waiting for the cops to arrive?
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Re: Beware thieves at zurich airport

No, I grabbed him by the wrist and triceps pulled him towards me and down which puts me behind him. I was deciding whether to put him in a choke hold (krav maga) or punch him but he threw my bag away from us so I instantly let go of him to retrieve it.

All I could think was that I wanted that bag back and he may have had an accompliice to pick it up again. He ran away. Where's a big rugby player to do a tackle when you need one.

Easyjet very kindly gave me a free speedy boarding pass to make up for the distressing incident!!
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Easyjet very kindly gave me a free speedy boarding pass to make up for the distressing incident!!
Easyjet did what???!!!

By the way, good for you OP!
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Re: Beware thieves at zurich airport

Well done Lynda, thanks for the warning! Next time try & hold him until security arrive. I would have ripped his shoulder muscles while pushing him towards your bag.

These criminals are the scum of Switzerland. I suppose he is one of those young men we look after, because it's too dangerous for him to live in his own country!
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Re: Beware thieves at zurich airport

Poor you to have to go through that ordeal and I'm so glad you got your bag back.

Question. So, whilst all this commotion was happening, everyone else just stood around watching?!
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Re: Beware thieves at zurich airport

Really well done then, but you should have kept hold of him and wait for police to arrive imo, that would have prevented another person from the same fate for a while (with a bit of luck..)
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... I suppose he is one of those young men we look after, because it's too dangerous for him to live in his own country!
Yep. Bound to be a foreigner because no Swiss citizens ever commit violent crimes.
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Yep. Bound to be a foreigner because no Swiss citizens ever commit violent crimes.
Well, crime statistics are pretty clear on origins of thieves and burglars...
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Re: Beware thieves at zurich airport

Yes, I really wish now that I had kept hold of him as I did have him in a really nice hold. At the very least my reaction must have shocked him and may make him think twice about doing it again- I am sure he wasn't expecting that from a small female weighing 55K

It just all happened so quickly and when he threw the bag my first instinct was to go retrieve it. By then it was too late to grab him again and nobody else who was in the area made any effort to do anything. I guess they were all just shocked. Hopefully the police caught something on cctv.

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Old 06.04.2012, 16:05
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Poor you to have to go through that ordeal and I'm so glad you got your bag back.

Question. So, whilst all this commotion was happening, everyone else just stood around watching?!
They probably didn't want to lose their place in the queue!
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Yes, I really wish now that I had kept hold of him as I did have him in a really nice hold. At the very least my reaction must have shocked him and may make him think twice about doing it again- I am sure he wasn't expecting that from a small female weighing 55K

It just all happened so quickly and when he threw the bag my first instinct was to go retrieve it. By then it was too late to grab him again and nobody else who was in the area made any effort to do anything. I guess they were all just shocked. Hopefully the police caught something on cctv.

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Again, impressive reaction, be sure as a fellow martial artist (Muay Thai) I would have helped you hold down the lad, sad that nobody else thought of it.
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Well, crime statistics are pretty clear on origins of thieves and burglars...
I hate to admit that I am facing the same conclusions. A friend of mine is a police officer here in BCN and most of the thieves arrested are from the same place.

I still find it shocking to admit it though.
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I hate to admit that I am facing the same conclusions. A friend of mine is a police officer here in BCN and most of the thieves arrested are from the same place.

I still find it shocking to admit it though.
But you haven't admitted it, have you?
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Re: Beware thieves at zurich airport

Let's say the police did catch him. What happens?

They catch him, fine him, throw in prison and then let him go free only to start the vicious circle again.
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Re: Beware thieves at zurich airport

I love people like you, you hopefully have made him think twice about what he has got into the habit of doing & you may have saved someone else the distress of going through what you nearly had to.

I sometimes work at the Airport & know this area quite well. As far as I can remember there are a couple of cameras which may have gotten the whole thing on tape, if you have informed easyjet they must have informed the Police, or not? Worth checking to see if this chancer could be caught from the recording... just a thought.

You've made me even more committed to encourage my young daughter to learn any self-defence activity as soon as she is old enough to (if she wants to of course).
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Re: Beware thieves at zurich airport

Hah - Airport-Security!
They can't even stop petty crime - do you think they could stop a terrorist?
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Re: Beware thieves at zurich airport

Brilliant, Lynda! I am so glad that you were successfully able to use your self defense skills to thwart the thief and get your purse back.

Being a woman, I always think about how I should use a small "body-type" bag that I can wear over one shoulder and around myself when I am traveling. Unfortunately, it seems that I always end up with a giant tote bag of a purse that holds valuables, wallet, passports for the whole family, snacks, water, Ipad, Ipod, etc. etc. etc. And as much as I try to keep tabs on it, it does end up off my arm at some point, thus at risk of being stolen. Thanks for reminding us that vigilance is always warranted!
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Re: Beware thieves at zurich airport

I am pleased that you managed to get your bag off the scumbag but I am astounded that noone assisted you.
Knowing the Easyjet queues I can't believe that when you grabbed the guy noone helped you as if there were people behind they would have been in full view of your struggle.
You are a brave lady - but I would have liked to have heard that a knight in shining armour in the queue came to your aid.
Am flying Easyjet tomorrow so will keep my wits about me..
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Re: Beware thieves at zurich airport

Wow! Fair play lady! I probably would have thrown my suitcase at his head and started shouting abuse and crying at him!! Thank god you caught him in time! Im always so afriad of somebody reaching into my bag, i walk with it firmly tucked under my arm! Nobodys getting in there!!
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