Man arrested for alleged pickpocket attempt at AMK Hub taxi stand


SINGAPORE -  A 51-year-old man was arrested for an alleged pickpocketing attempt at a taxi stand at AMK Hub on Thursday afternoon (Feb 14), the police said on Monday.

In videos sent to citizen journalism website Stomp on Friday, a man could be seen taking a wallet out of another man's pocket as they waited in line for a taxi.

A witness, who wanted to be known only as Ayihtnas, told Stomp that the man had stood very close to the victim and attempted to take the wallet out more than one time. She then started recording a video of the incident.

When the alleged pickpocket started walking away with the wallet, Ayihtnas quickly shouted to alert the victim.

The victim, who identified himself as Mr Tan, said that it was fortunate that Ayihtnas had alerted him.

He chased after the man and managed to get his wallet back.

After looking at the video footage taken by Ayihtnas, Mr Tan made a police report.

He told Stomp: "I just want to share this to warn others that this could happen to them."

In a statement on Monday, the police said that a 51-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a case of theft.

Officers from the Ang Mo Kio police division were able to establish the man's identity through ground inquiries and with the aid of police cameras.

The police are investigating.