Visited the Saturday market in Heralion on 21.7.12. And, following excellent advice, left most of our cash and cards locked up in our accommodation
I normally walk a step behind my husband in crowds but a 5 foot 6 inch slightly built approx 70 year old weatherbeaten man (looked mediterranean) managed to get between us. He started dipping down and moving from side to side. A younger man kept calling to him and I thought the old man had got away from him and he was trying to call him back. Dementia I though. More fool me. I could not exactly see where the old man's hands were but became suspicious and tried to push him away from my husband (I did not call out not wanting to cause a scene).
As I pushed the old man, the younger one put his hand on my arm and started pointing to the right and saying something in his language. Distracted I looked right. Then they both disappeared.
Once we were clear of the crowd, my husband found that his wallet had been snatched.
There are no police around, went into a shop and was told there were no police. Had no map so not sure where we were in relation to the rest of the town, but managed to find our way back to the bus station.
We lost money, and a couple of credit cards, but managed to cancel them within 4 hours of the theft. If we could have found a policeman in Heraklion we could have cancelled them earlier.
On returning home 10 days later happy to find no attempts had been made on the credit cards.
The authorities did not seem too bothered, or it happens so often they are immune to it. BUT. We had taken over 1000 euro's to spend in Crete, and I was so annoyed that I refused to spend money on anything other than what was necessary and returned home with 3/4 of what we had taken. Nor will we be going back even though the rest of the holiday was crime free.