Hypno-thief robs Italian businesses

March 24, 2008 at 1:08 PM

ANCONA, Italy, March 24 (UPI) -- Italian authorities are searching for a thief who allegedly uses hypnosis on employees to steal cash, police said.

The most recent report of hypnosis-thievery was in the Italian city Ancona, where a bank teller was allegedly coaxed into giving a robber more than $1,000, The Daily Telegraph (Britain) reported Monday.

In all of the hypno-robberies, workers reportedly can only remember a man saying, "Look into my eyes," prior to discovering their registers are missing cash.

Security footage from a robbery at a grocery store in Jesi, northern Italy, shows the thief is a suit-wearing Indian, Pakistani or north African man in his 40s.

Police suspect the man has a female who assists him with the robberies by diverting customers' attention.

"The cashier recalls nothing of the incident itself. It was only at the end of the day when it was noticed that the takings didn't tally that the footage was screened and the robbery discovered," a Jesi police spokesman said.

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