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Thumb bandits were nefarious individuals prevalent in 2015. They stole people's thumbs "after amputating" (most notably, those of hospital patients)[1], according to the Newsline column on the front page of the October 22, 2015 issue of USA Today, in order to gain access to high security or high clearance areas via the use of thumb pads, and then committed their crimes, usually burglary.

This was no doubt the reason why one of the messages displayed on the electronic readout on the hatband of Officers Reese and Foley's peaked caps was Do not covet thy neighbor's thumb![2].

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  • Thankfully, there are no criminals going around cutting off people's thumbs and even if there were, the severed thumbs would be quite useless to them because the fingerprint scanner on something like an iPhone, for example, will not work with a thumb — or any other digit for that matter — that has been amputated from a living body.[3]

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