The ever-brilliant Callejeros on Spanish TV channel Cuatro ran an episode called “Al Ladron” (“The Thief”) in their seventh season. As you can guess it was centered on Barcelona, and more specifically on the beach area of Barceloneta.
They also cover the story of the now famous Iliana who goes after pickpockets with whistles and hands out fliers to tourists warning them of the dangers.
“Barcelona is the European city with the greatest number of pickpockets,” says the presenter at the start, “they produce more than 300 incidents daily.”
He goes on to say, “on line 3 of Barcelona’s metro there are alone two hundreds thieves working.”
At the start we see a chap walking off the beach towards the camera with a bag in his hand, the reporters says to him… “This bag isn’t yours…” – watch the full clip to find out how the reporter knows.
A moment later we’re shown a thief running off the beach. He gets onto his bicycle to escape. Watch closely and you’ll see he’s not alone. Thieves very rarely work alone in this city.
The camera follows another guy on the beach who picks up three bags and walks off. The cameraman runs in chase and gets the bags back.
A moment later, a Danish couple robbed of so many possessions that the lady has to cover her chest with a towel because her bikini has been taken, and the man has to go to the police station in just a pair of shorts because he has no other clothes to put on. They change their flight to leave Barcelona the next day.
The video can be viewed here: http://www.mitele.es/programas-tv/callejeros/temporada-7/programa-271/