Mall theft, shoplifters in the Philippines mall has been a long time problem. They always come up with a different techniques once their operation got exposed. The syndicate operates in groups to cover up the designated thief. They are all over the mall looking for the possible victim, and once given a chance, just by eye contact and body language, they will all move in just a matter of seconds. And get away with the victim as quick as possible like any other normal shoppers while passing the loot to another member in case somebody is after them.
1st photo: the syndicate, keeping an eye to the chosen victim, watching for the right time, which is when the store crew turned her back to get the order ready.
2nd photo: The man in black shirt, probably the leader of the gang, pointing the woman where to stand as a look out and at the same time serves as a shield to the costumers from the next store.
3rd photo: Shows the five members doing the assigned job. The woman with tray serves as a distraction to both the store crew and the victim while the designated thief is doing his job.
Thieves are are always on the look out for your hard-earned cash, gadgets and credit cards. It is not wise to bring your valuables in a small bag wherever you go. Hold your bag always, put it on your lap and not behind you. Do not leave it on another chair or on top of the counter while paying. Most important of all is to keep an eye on it at all times. Thieves will do anything to get your attention. So always be alert and aware of the people in the surroundings.