Four nabbed after 2-hour police operation for pickpocketing cases at Bugis Street

Three women and one man, aged between 39 and 49, were arrested on Nov 20 over a series of pickpocketing cases.

The police said they were alerted to three separate cases of theft reported in the vicinity of Bugis Street between Oct 27 and Nov 18.

They added: "The victims had discovered their bags unzipped, with personal belongings such as wallets and mobile phones missing."

Through ground enquiries and with the aid of images from CCTV and police cameras, officers from Central Police Division established the identities of the four suspects and arrested them on Nov 20, after a two-hour coordinated operation.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the group would usually target middle-aged and elderly people in crowded places.

All four suspects were charged in court on Nov 22 with the offence of theft with common intention, which carries a penalty of up to three years in jail and a fine.

The police have advised members of the public to safeguard their belongings, be vigilant against pickpockets and adopt these crime prevention measures:

  1. Look after your belongings at all times;

  2. Be cautious when approached by strangers who try to get very close to you;

  3. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing excessive jewellery to crowded places;

  4. Ensure your bag is closed at all times and sling it in front of you;

  5. Avoid placing your wallet in your back pocket;

  6. Avoid contact or confrontation with unruly crowds; and

  7. Approach any police officer or dial ‘999’ for urgent assistance.