Mongolian women ‘used security bypass bags to steal clothes’ in South Korea
Special bags stopped stores’ theft-alert devices form being triggered
By Lee Han-soo
Two Mongolian women have been arrested in Busan for stealing clothes from large stores, using bags specially designed to bypass security alarms, according to Busan Geumjeong Police Station, Monday.
The two, known to be hometown friends, allegedly stole 287 clothing items and 12 perfumes worth 14.4 million won (US$12,400) from 10 clothing stores since March.
Police said the bags were made to bypass theft-alert devices placed around the store entrances.
This allowed the women to steal 221 items worth 8.8 million won from seven clothing stores on July 21 alone.
The stores were unaware that they had been robbed because their alarm systems failed to activate.
“The two used the fact that large clothing stores relied on doorway theft alarms to stop any crimes,” said a police official. “They said they took the garments back to Mongolia and sold them for half their original price.”
Police urged large clothing stores to check for customers with suspicious bags.