In the past few weeks, markets in Rotterdam have experienced pickpockets by individuals dressed as religious Muslim women. The police does not have exact numbers on the cases of pickpocketing, but said that a ‘sharp increase’ has been noted by those dressing as fake Muslims. Police believe the individuals are mostly female Bulgarian or Romanian thieves; a veiled Bulgarian was caught in the act this week. Besides stolen wallets, police found seven different colored headscarves that the woman wore in order to change ‘identities.’

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