- A Ford Everest with an opened window and stuck in traffic along EDSA was victimized by thieves
- A thief is seen in a dashcam footage of the incident sneaking up on the vehicle and then grabbing the driver’s bag placed on the passenger seat
- The driver explained that she opened the window because her air conditioner was broken
A group of thieves called the akyat-kotse gang was caught on video stealing a bag from an open window of an SUV stuck in traffic along EDSA.
The dashcam footage was obtained by KAMI from GMA News.
The video shows the Ford Everest with an open window making a full stop due to the heavy traffic.
A young man then sneaks up on the passenger side before taking the bag placed on the passenger seat.
It turned out that there was another guy on the side of the driver who was there to distract the victim, Maxine Perez.
"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 explained.
She added that the windows were opened because of her vehicle’s broken air conditioner.
The police gave some additional details about the akyat-kotse gang.
"Heto 'yung mga batang tinatawag nating mga 'batang hamog', na kung saan ang modus nila ay makapambiktima, lalong lalo na sa EDSA. Tatawid lamang sila sa isang lugar, sa kabilang parte, mahirap na silang mahuli," C/Insp. Aaron Elago of the PCP-7 said.
KAMI wants to remind you never to open your car windows, especially when there is a traffic jam.
If you have a broken air conditioner and you really have to open the windows, make sure that your belongings are hidden from sight.
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