Singapore police warned yesterday that members of a Chinese crime syndicate were believed to be stealing money from the bags of passengers while they slept on flights to and from the country.
Eighteen reports about in-flight thefts have been filed so
far this year, up from only one in 2011, said Assistant Commissioner of Police
Sam Tee, head of the airport police division.
"Investigations revealed that some of the thieves are
suspected to be syndicate members from China working in groups of three to four
individuals per flight," Tee said.
"They would strike during boarding operations, or
in-flight when passengers are asleep or when using the toilets.
"Their goal is to steal cash which has been kept by
passengers inside their travel or laptop bags stowed in the overhead
compartments of the aircraft."
Tee said the thefts were confined to some carriers on
Last week Chinese national Fu Xinping was jailed for four
weeks for stealing $US800 ($A815) and HK$3000 ($A393) from a fellow Chinese
national's bag on a Hong Kong-bound Singapore Airlines flight in April, local
Singapore Airlines declined to reveal the number of thefts
on its flights recently but said cabin crew had been advised to remain
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