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‘Akyat-kotse’ thieves target motorists stuck in traffic


Motorists stuck in traffic have recently been victimized by youthful criminals who reach into open car windows and unlocked doors to steal motorists' property, GMA 7 news program "24 Oras Weekend" reported on Sunday.

Such a method on an idling vehicle on EDSA was recorded on a dashboard camera last Friday.

Victim Maxine Perez had wound down the windows of her SUV because the air conditioner was broken.

While an accomplice distracted Perez on the driver's side, the thief reached into her car from the open passenger side window and grabbed her belongings.

"Meron nang sumusunod sa akin na guy na nasa driver's seat, dini-distract niya ako, tapos tinatakot niya ako sabi niya, 'Ibigay mo sa akin gamit mo,'" Perez recounted.

Makati City's police force warned that such thefts usually take place at night or lunchtime.

"Heto 'yung mga batang tinatawag nating mga 'batang hamog', na kung saan ang modus nila ay makapambiktima, lalong lalo na sa EDSA," C/Insp. Aaron Elago of the PCP-7 explained. "Tatawid lamang sila sa isang lugar, sa kabilang parte, mahirap na silang mahuli." — Margaret Claire Layug/DVM/KVD, GMA News

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