Toilet break costs S’pore couple $4,000

It was supposed to be a happy occasion. But for one Singaporean couple it turned out to be anything but.

They had travelled to Ipoh, Perak, to attend a friend's wedding and ended up losing about RM10,000 (S$4,000) in cash and valuables, The Star reported.

During the wedding dinner at a restaurant on Saturday, the office worker, who wanted to be known only as Ms Ong, left her handbag unattended and went to the washroom.

When she returned to her seat, the handbag was missing.

Ms Ong, who is in her 20s, then sought the help of the restaurant's staff to view the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage. The footage showed three suspicious-looking men entering the restaurant.

She said: "They made their move when I went to the washroom. One of them hid the handbag under a jacket while making their escape."


The thieves had used her credit cards within an hour of the incident, before she could notify the banks of the theft.

Her boyfriend's credit cards were also in her bag and he received a call from his bank asking whether he had used his card to shop at the Kinta City Shopping Centre.

Ms Ong and the police rushed to the shopping centre. But the suspects had fled by the time they got there.

Later, they retrieved the handbag in the carpark of a shopping mall with her IC, passport and other important documents inside it.

She said: "By the time our credit cards were deactivated, the culprits had already spent about RM5,000."

A police officer confirmed that the couple had lodged a report on the incident.

He said they have identified the suspects based on the CCTV footage and investigations are continuing.

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