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Police arrest gang who pickpocket shoppers along Orchard Road

SINGAPORE — The police have arrested three women who allegedly worked as a team to pickpocket unsuspecting shoppers along Orchard Road.

Police arrest gang who pickpocket shoppers along Orchard Road

Shoppers at Orchard Road. TODAY file photo

SINGAPORE — The police have arrested three women who allegedly worked as a team to pickpocket unsuspecting shoppers along Orchard Road.

The victims in the three separate cases of theft reported that items such as wallets and a mobile phone were stolen from their bags at malls along the shopping belt on Thursday (Dec 21).

The police identified and arrested the three suspects on Friday. TODAY understands that the three women are Filipinos.

Three mobile phones, an EZ-Link Card, one internet banking dongle and cash amounting to S$1,117.20 were recovered and seized as case exhibits.

The trio's modus operandi was to distract the victims before stealing their valuables, the police said in a statement on Saturday. They are also believed to be involved in several other cases of pickpocketing.

The three women will be charged in court on Saturday. If convicted, they may be jailed up to three years or fined, or both.

"The Police would like to remind members of the public to be vigilant of their surroundings and to safeguard their belongings in crowded places, especially during this festive season," the police said.

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