World: Lots of Loot

In British movies, crime usually pays handsomely—at least if the crook is a dear old crank whose only motive is to raise some lolly for the League Against Cruel Sports. In real life, larceny is even more lucrative for the professional who specializes in the sophisticated jobs that the English call "Yankee-style" crime. Robberies alone have soared by more than 200% (to some $5,000,000 yearly) in metropolitan London over the past decade, while payroll thefts have gone up almost 500% since 1960. Chief reason for the increase in "snatchings and takings," as Scotland...

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