Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Bags stored on the back of chairs inside restaurants along Fifth Avenue are being taken, says the director of Public Safety.
Several handbags have been removed from the chairs of restaurant patrons in the tourist area of Playa del Carmen. Would-be purse snatchers have been seen on surveillance cameras walking past easily accessible bags stored on the back of chairs and and leaving restaurants with them.
Juan Martín Rodríguez Olvera, general director of Public Safety and Transit of Solidarity reports that so far, four robberies have been reported in the tourist area of Playa del Carmen. He says that one or two women are entering an establishment carrying sweaters that they use to cover the bag once they remove it from the chair back. Sometimes they use a distraction to take the bag. He says the whole robbery occurs in seconds, after which the woman exit the premises.
“So far we have four reports of this type of robbery of both ladies and men’s bags. We are recommending people not loose sight of their belongings. Always keep them in view, as this type of distraction and abuse is how they take advantage.”
Although the director did not call it an organized band, he did say that a recent surveillance video showed how the women were stealing bags from restaurants in the tourist area. One video in particular shows a thin woman casually passing a table where a purse is hanging from a chair. Both restaurant patrons are engaged in talk as the women walks off with the bag.