Newspaper article China Post

These Chinese Pickpockets Came to Taiwan and Targeted Japanese Tourists - but They Didn't Make It Home

Newspaper article China Post

These Chinese Pickpockets Came to Taiwan and Targeted Japanese Tourists - but They Didn't Make It Home

Article excerpt

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Cops have busted a gang of Chinese pickpockets who came to Taiwan and targeted Japanese travelers at tourist attractions, metro stations and high-speed trains stations.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) arrested three ringleaders of the group: a 50-year-old surnamed Yang, 55-year-old surnamed Kao and a 54-year-old surnamed Liao.

The three men - all skilled pickpockets from Guangxi, China - came to Taiwan as individual tourists, according to the bureau.

They worked with a simple MO. They would scout for potential targets and follow them to escalators. Kao would block the way and distract the victim while Liao nipped their wallet or purse and handed it to Yang. None of the victims realized they were robbed until afterward, the CIB said.

The three then allegedly used stolen credit cards to buy brand-name clothes, accessories, watches and other high-priced goods. …

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