Friendly And Costly: Police Warning On The 'Hugging Bandit'

Buffalo, N.Y. (AP) -- Gentlemen, consider yourselves warned. The "Hugging Bandit" is on the loose.

That warning comes from police in Buffalo, New York, where they're seeing a rash of robberies believed to be the work of the same woman. Investigators say she targets men coming out of bars in the wee hours, who are really, really, drunk.

According to police, the woman comes up, tries to talk to the victims, then gives them a hug, during which she lifts their wallets. Officers know of dozens of victims, and believe there are others too embarrassed to say anything.

Investigators think they know who their culprit is, a 48-year-old woman with a police record going back almost a decade.

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