Trick lemonade used in robbery [Archives:2004/705/Local News]

January 22 2004

By Yemen Times Staff

New techniques using anesthetics are being adopted by impostor pickpockets in Taiz to steal from their victims.
A case in point is the incident which took place on Jan. 17, when Ahmed Kayed Hawrah, a 55-year-old-man was robbed. A stranger made the victim believe that he was a friend of his son in Saudi Arabia and hence invited him to take a lemonade drink, which had an anesthetic.
When the impostor noticed that the man has become benumbed he snatched away from his pocket and vanished. The victim was taken to the hospital where he woke up from his stupor.
Several such incidents have now been reported.