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OFW nabs fellow Pinay who picked her wallet

09 June 2019

By The SUN

What will you do if you get alerted that someone had just picked your wallet?

Shouting for help could do the trick, but it will be much better to keep calm, stalk the thief, take her picture, then pull her by her clothes to stop her from running away.

Suspect being questioned by the police by WorldWide Plaza's exit door, her bag placed nearby
She was then led away in handcuffs
This was what an alert Filipina did at about 3:30pm on Jun 7, a statutory holiday, as soon as someone told her to check her bag because someone had opened it as she was busy checking out clothes in a shop on the first floor of busy World Wide Plaza in Central.
In her Facebook post that has become viral, Ezy de Vega Lopez said she immediately noticed that her wallet and a cosmetics pouch were missing.

“Tinanong ko agad yung babae na nagsabi sa akin kung sino ang nagbukas ng bag ko, then she pointed out this woman rushing away from us…nagmamadali siya na naglakad to get away or para tumakas. I calmly followed her. Nasa isip ko lang need ko makuha wallet ko kasi nandun lahat ng IDs at pera ko. ..
She was so calm that she managed to take a picture of the culprit standing by the exit door.

“Luckily inabutan ko sya papunta na siya ng exit door. Nang nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na hilahin siya, hinablot ko damit niya para kunin ang wallet ko. Sabi ko, ate kinuha mo wallet ko. Siyempre deny siya..hinablot ko ulit siya sa damit niya…halika dito sa loob, dito tayo mag-usap. Of course makakatakas na siya kapag hinayaan ko siya kasi exit door na iyon…ayun, nagpumiglas siya. Hinabol ko ulit siya hanggang nanlaban na siya…nasa isip ko makuha ko iyong wallet ko kasi nandun yung food allowance ko for the whole month…
Lopez later told The SUN she did not have much money with her at the time because she had already sent some to the Philippines, while the rest she kept at home. But her wallet had IDs, some Philippine pesos and Hong Kong dollars. 

“Sabi niya sandali…so sabi ko, hindi, akin na..hanggang mahulog sa floor yung ibang laman ng bag niya kasi puno yung bag niya..tumambad sa akin sa sahig mula sa bag niya ang wallet ko at pouch ko. Pati ibang gamit niya nalaglag din sa floor. Tapos yung mga security guard lumapit na sa amin nung time na nahablot ko na siya…tapos sinabi ko sa guard, that is mine, that’s my wallet and my pouch…she took it from my bag…then ayun na kinorner na siya ng mga guards ng WorldWide House. They then asked me to call the police…”

At this stage, Lopez took more pictures of the other Filipina being questioned by the building’s security staff, while her bag’s contents were strewn about. Then the police apparently came and started questioning the thief.

Lopez said she was told by the police later that the culprit had been jailed, and that it was up to her whether she wanted to pursue the case.

She says she has given a statement to the police, but now worries whether she should press her claim, knowing that the thief also has a family relying on her in the Philippines.

“Masakit dun kapwa ko siya Pinay pero hindi man lang sya naawa sa akin,” Lopez adds. “At hindi man lang siya humingi ng apology after the incident. Mataray pa siya nang tanungin ko siya kung bakit niya nagawa yun.”

Lopez continued her post with a warning to others to be doubly vigilant in looking after their bags and wallets, especially in WorldWide House, where a lot of thieves are on the prowl.

She also thanked her fellow Filipina who alerted her that someone had opened her bag.

As a postscript, one of her friends told her that her Facebook post had been liked by nearly 15,000. “Gusto nila sampahan mo ng kaso para di na umulit ang magnanakaw na iyan. Sigurado hindi lang ikaw ang biktima.”

Lopez merely “liked” the comment.


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