Throughout all of sequence 1 of Assassin's Creed II, I was able to pickpocket (steal, pilfer) at whim, and it was great! I used to find groups of people upon the streets that were in close proximity, I'd throw out some coin and when they all came running I'd pickpocket the lot of them.
Anyway, I just got done with sequence 2 and evidently any time that I pickpocket now it causes my notoriety to go up a smidgen. I find this extremely annoying! Is there any way to pickpocket without causing my notoriety to go up?