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December 9, 2013
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Thieves using women to rob shoppers
Crystal Harrison, Staff Reporter

As the Christmas season approaches, commuters are once again being warned to be more vigilant with their personal possessions when travelling in public spaces, as male and female thieves are skilfully cutting pockets and purses for money.

THE STAR has been informed that females are working along with men to target shoppers in businesses in around busy shopping areas.

It is reported that criminals who pick pockets and purses at times use razor blades to cut open shoppers' bags.

Recently, a man who could not account for a female purse that he had in his possession was scooped up by the police on patrol for interrogation in downtown Kingston.

The police told THE STAR that the man was travelling with a female companion who was suspected to have snatched the purse before handing it over to her partner in crime and disappearing in the crowd.

A woman who identified herself as Lobban told THE STAR that she has witnessed another woman picking a female shopper's bag in a wholesale also in Kingston before walking freely from the business place recently.

"A more dan one person see when di woman did a hitch on to the lady bag and I guess because people fraid dem never really raise nuh alarm, because a mainly woman did inna di wholesale. Di tiefing woman jus' pick di woman bag and disappear from di crowd," Lobban told THE STAR.

Meanwhile, the police are advising shoppers to take the necessary precautionary measures when doing business.

Assistant Commissioner George Quallo, head of the Area 4 police, said that it is almost a ritual that every year, the police minimise non-operational activities and deploy more cops on the streets.

"We started last week and you will see more police even this week on the roads. I want to appeal to persons who are shopping to put their prime possessions in the trunk of their motor vehicle instead of on the back seat," ACP Quallo said.

He is also advising persons who are doing transactions with large amounts of cash to use a courier service or ask for help from the police.

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