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Brazilians wary over renewed mass beach robberies

AP, RIO DE JANEIRO

Giovanni Fiorentino, a retired restaurateur visiting from Belgium, said he was on Arpoador beach during Wednesday’s mass robbery, but had taken the chaotic incident in his stride.

“I had been warned not to take anything of value to the beach, so when I saw them running all around I stayed calm because I didn’t have anything for them to take,” said Fioretino, dressed in sunglasses and a Speedo as he defied overcast skies and nippy winds on Friday to enjoy one last day at Arpoador before returning to Europe. “It’s going to take more than some kids snatching purses to ruin my vacation.”

Rio officials hope so.

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