Crooks have a new technique to strip expats of their belongings.
An expat reported Friday that he had been the victim of an attempted robbery while he was eating quietly in the second floor of a downtown restaurant opposite the Plaza de la Cultura.
Typically personal items are likely to be stolen if left unguarded at a restaurant table. There have been a string of such cases in the downtown in which personal items left alongside a diner simply vanish.
But robbery involves violence or threat of violence, as happened in this case.
The expat said he was approached from behind by someone who demanded his belongings. He managed to avoid a robbery by jumping up and running to the first floor of the restaurant, but the would-be bandit was not apprehended.