Hawkers and traders at SS2, Petaling Jaya have reported incidents of Vietnamese women robbing customers by flashing their breasts in an attempt to “stun” victims as they escape.
At a press conference with MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong yesterday, hawker Chow Kwai Chet, recounts an incident when a woman was caught stealing a customer’s wallet.
“She quickly took off her top and she was braless. She then screamed ‘molest’, which threw my husband who was pursuing her off guard.”
The customer then tried to nab the thief, believed to be a Vietnamese woman in her 30’s, as she was caught stealing his wallet. The thief has also tried to remove her bottoms, too. Chow said that a female hawker reached out to slap and scold the thief, too.
Another hawker, Leng Chin Huat reported that the women would usually come in a group of three or four individuals, and were believed to be part of a syndicate. he has managed to catch three Vietnamese women for stealing and handed them to the police. He also cited that the police had to release them as the stolen items could not be found.
SS2 Morning Market Traders Association chairman, Khor Choon Seng said “They would then throw away the purse or wallet. Customers would only find out that they had been robbed when they wanted to buy something”.
He advises the public to limit the amount of cash-in-hand and to keep the money in their front pockets. He also mentioned that the robberies often took place during the weekends. (Source)