"Call it reverse pickpocketing," Copperfield said.
Copperfield read the license plate to [his assistant] Daly as she called 911. Daly also described the suspects to the operator as "very urban-like" and cops pulled over the car at 45th Street and Broadway at 11:25 p.m. Copperfield and the women were taken quickly to the location in a squad car, and they identified the handcuffed youths as the robbers. The loot was recovered.
Copperfield explained that he signed several autographs and took pictures with fans earlier on the fateful walk, and first assumed when the robbers came that they, too, wanted his signature.
"I could tell they didn't know me," he said. So, is he soured on WPB? "We look forward to coming back to Palm Beach in the future," Copperfield said. "Obviously, we are safe there."