SEPANG: For over a year, three debonair foreigners have been prowling the country’s airports stealing luggage.
With their charm, they distracted their marks before slipping away with victims’ belongings.
Their grandfatherly looks also made their victims less suspicious of their intention.
The law, however, caught up with the two Peruvians, both aged 56, and a Spaniard, 52, when police arrested them on Tuesday.
Sepang OCPD Supt Imran Abdul Rahman said the trio were arrested after a 76-year-old man, believed to be a senator, reported that his luggage had been stolen at KL International Airport (KLIA) at around 5am on Saturday.
“He was about to check in his luggage before his flight to Kota Kinabalu when he realised that one of his bags was missing,” Supt Imran.
Police tracked the three men to a condominium in Ampang on Tuesday and found 16 stolen bags, five watches and an iPad.
The suspects had been travelling in and out of Malaysia since last year and are believed to be involved in at least 12 theft cases at KLIA.
“Their modus operandi was to have two of them distract their victim while the third would quietly walk away with the victim’s luggage.”
He added that police had obtained a CCTV recording of the three men carrying out the crime at KLIA.
The men have been remanded until Nov 7 to facilitate investigations. - theStarOnline