Between the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles, the group was nabbing close to $4,400 a day.

By Erika Owen
Updated: January 24, 2017

A cohort of undercover detectives in France raided two hotels last week, busting a ring of pickpockets that is estimated to steal close to $4,400 a day from tourists visiting the Eiffel Tower and Versailles Palace.

Details from the bust are something from a movie: According to Travel Pulse, the pickpockets dress as tourists—going as far as buying tickets to the attraction—and spend their nights in luxury hotels.

The raid happened days after a group of Eiffel Tower employees walked off the job in protest of some two years of dealing with frantic visitors. The protest, which happened the day after Parisian authorities touted a decrease in tourist-related crimes, resulted in an impromptu site closure.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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