The Artful Dodger has nothing on this cunning pickpocket who was caught stealing a woman’s mobile phone using a pair of chopsticks.
Wang Hongbo, 32, was captured on camera lifting the phone from a woman’s pocket as she cycled unaware through Zhengzhou in China’s Henan province.
He was snapped chasing the oblivious cyclist down a busy street before deftly extracting the handset using the specially adapted implements.
The thief was later seen examining his ill-gotten goods before selling the phone in a nearby second hand shop.
He was caught out when a passer-by, who photographed the whole incident unfolding, posted the pictures online.
Mr Hongbo eventually handed himself into the police.