Busted! Foreign thief picks pocket of plainclothes cop at Ramadan Bazaar

Nurul Hidayah Bahaudin

KUALA LUMPUR: An Indonesian woman, in her 30s, has been coming to the nation’s capital to pickpocket during Ramadan. Her luck ran out when she tried to pickpocket a plainclothes police officer at the Ramadan bazaar in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman here. Dang Wangi district police chief Assistant Commissioner Shaharudin Abdullah said the woman was nabbed at 5.30pm on May 12. “A team of plainclothes policemen had disguised themselves to lure pickpockets at the Ramadan bazaar. The woman fell for the trick and was nabbed,” he told a press conference at Dang Wangi district police headquarters today. Shaharudin said the woman admitted that she had come to Kuala Lumpur specifically to pickpocket in the area during Ramadan. “Police do not rule out the possibility that she has entered the country to pickpocket for the past few years during Ramadan month,” he said. “She is under Immigration Department detention for documentation purposes.” Shaharudin said a 58-year-old Indonesian woman, who is a permanent resident, was also arrested for the same offence in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman at 1.50pm on May 9. “Police found several wallets and cash that we believe she had obtained through pickpocketing. Checks showed that the woman had already been arrested several times for the same offence.” Shaharudin said the two women were arrested under Section 379 of the Penal Code for theft. He added that 1,117 pickpocket cases were recorded in the district last year. “From Jan 1 to yesterday, 447 cases were recorded. “I urge the public to be cautious when shopping, especially in crowded areas.” Shaharudin presented certificates of appreciation to the policemen who were involved iA n the operation targetting pickpockets in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

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