3 women who pickpocketed $1,117 cash, phones and other items at Orchard Road arrested

Three women aged between 31 and 39 were arrested for their suspected involvement in a series of pickpocketing at Orchard Road.

On Dec 21, the police were alerted to three separate cases of theft reported at shopping malls along Orchard Road.

Two victims reported that their wallets were stolen from their handbags and the third victim reported that her handphone was stolen from her bag whilst shopping at Orchard Road.

Through extensive follow-up and investigations, the police identified and arrested the three suspects on Dec 22.

Three handphones, one EZ-Link Card, one internet banking dongle and cash amounting to $1117.20- were recovered and seized as case exhibits.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the three women had collaborated to distract the victims before stealing their valuables.

They are also believed to be involved in several other cases of pickpocketing.

The three suspects were charged in court on Dec 23 with the offence of theft with common intention.

In their news release. the police also reminded members of the public to be vigilant of their surroundings and to safeguard their belongings in crowded places, especially during this festive season.