"Talent" and model Anna Umemiya, 41, who has been living in New York since last month, wrote on her blog this week that she was the victim of a pickpocket.
Umemiya wrote that last Saturday, she finished lunch and paid for it with her credit card and then was walking to Carnegie Hall when she stopped at a traffic lights. "That's where it must have happened," she wrote. "Someone reached into my handbag and took my wallet."
Umemiya said she noticed her wallet was missing about 10 minutes later and rushed back to her hotel to cancel her credit card. But within a period of 30 minutes, the pickpocket used her card to buy goods, metro cards and withdrew cash for a total take of about $1,000.
Umemiya said she was amazed at how smooth the pickpocket was. "He took my wallet out of my bag when he was standing right behind me. He must be a real pro."
She said that when she told her American friends, they weren't surprised. "Most of them said that at one time or another, they had experienced the same thing," she wrote.© Japan Today