3 women arrested for pickpocketing at Orchard Road

Three women aged between 31 and 39 have been arrested for their suspected involvement in a series of pickpocketing cases at Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt.

On Dec 21, 2017, police were alerted to three separate cases of theft reported at shopping malls along Orchard Road, according to a statement from the Singapore Police Force.

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

Through extensive follow-up and investigations, police identified and arrested the three suspects on Dec 22. Three handphones, one EZ-Link Card, one internet banking dongle and cash amounting to $1,117.20 were recovered and seized

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 will be charged in Court on 23 December 2017 with the offence of Theft with Common Intention. If convicted, they face a jail term of up to 3 years or with fine, or with both.

The police advises members of the public to be vigilant of their surroundings and to safeguard their belongings in crowded places, especially during this festive season.