Italian police have issued CCTV pictures of a man who appears to hypnotise a supermarket cashier before stealing money from her till.
According to reports from the Italian news agency, Ansa, the man asked the cashier to change a 100 euro note and as soon as the till was opened he proceeded to hypnotise her into handing over money.
“She was asked something concerning the banknotes,” a police spokeswoman told Sky Italia.
“(As) she opened up the cash the man took away some money in a very natural way.”
It is thought the man was working with a female accomplice, seen calmly leaving the supermarket behind the suspect.
When the cashier came to count the till money at the end of her shift, £600 was missing.
“It was very strange,” she said.