A lady who lost her phone to theft in a shopping mall took to Facebook to share her unfortunate experience recently
Two days ago, on 15 March, Elaine Lee was shopping at Sunway Pyramid in Petaling Jaya when a pickpocket stole her phone which she had left in her backpack.
She was at the Asian avenue section when it happened.
"I was alone in a shop trying out clothes while two of my friends were standing outside because they have food."
"Then after awhile, like not more than five minutes in the shop, I wanted to take my phone, then I realised my phone was stolen," she wrote.
After realising that her phone was stolen, Elaine requested the store's management to review the CCTV footage
The CCTV recordings revealed that a lady wearing a black shirt and a grey tudung stole a phone from another shopper’s backpack moments before they targeted Elaine.
The other shopper appeared to be making a payment at the cashier counter when it happened.
In the video recording, the pickpocket is believed to have worked with another tudung-clad woman, who used a clothing article from the shop to obstruct their schemes from being seen.
The thief and her accomplice then moved on to loot Elaine's phone from her backpack in a matter of seconds.
The two incidents happened within a minute.
Elaine has warned the public to be careful, especially when they're shopping
It is still unclear whether the culprits were caught.
Meanwhile, Elaine has lodged a police report at the Bandar Sunway police station as she posted a photo of herself holding a copy of the police report in a separate Facebook post yesterday, 16 March.
Last December, a shopper in KLCC revealed how a syndicate tried to trick her into giving her personal account information: