lunch, snacks, or dinner.The served drink is spikedwith Ativan i; a powerful anti-depressant/ sleeping pill.Even before finishing thedrink,thevictimwillsuccumb to a deep sleepand while sleeping, will bestripped of his cash andvaluables and will bebrought out of the houseand left at a completelyrandom location. Anothervariant of this tactic is whena male victim is seducedand picked-up in a bar,restaurant, park and/or atourist site by a gorgeousfemale, well dressed andwell-mannered. The victimwill be approached andbefriended until a casualconversation and seductionprocess takes place whichculminates in negotiatedsexual activities. The victimwill either be brought to apre-arranged hotel/motel orto his own hotel room. Onceat the designated room, thevictim will be offered liquorordrinkwhichtheperpetratormixeswithhighly potent Ativan pills.Oncethevictimisunconscious, the suspectwill divest the victim of hiscash/valuables, and thenleave the victim at thescene. Most of the victims ofthis crime wake-up after twoto three days and it takes
another two days before thevictim can fully recover fromthe drugs and discover thelosses.Ipit GangCrowded areas such as passenger jeepneys, railway stations,and mallsIpit gang members operatein groups of four or five.Gang members shove orpush a prospective victim todistract him or her, whiletheir accomplice picks hispocket. In jeepneys andbuses, suspects squeeze-inand distract their victimswhiletheiraccomplicesnatches the victim's walletand/or mobile phone.KotongAirports, hotels, restaurants, malls, and public parks frequented by foreignerss The common victims of thisMOare foreigners,balikbayansandtheirdependents who are luredinto exchanging their foreigncurrencies into pesos at aand balikbayans.ratehigherthantheprevailing exchange rates.Thegroup/individualapproaches and offers atempting high rate to thewould-be victim. During thetransaction, which usuallytakes place outside or rightin front of a foreignexchangeshop,theequivalent peso is countedbefore the victim threetimes. Initially, the victim isallowed to count the moneyhe will receive to make himfeel confident that he will getthe exact amount for hisforeign currency. After, arecount is done by one ofthe perpetrators spreadingthe pesos in his palm tocover his fingers that are
folding a portion of thebunch.Thesuspectdistracts the attention of thevictim, often by telling him tobe extra careful of robbers,while wrapping the bundleof money in a newspaper orplacing it inside a paperbag. The victim eventuallydiscovers that he wasshortchanged when hecounts the money whileinside a car or upon arrivalat his house or hotel.Laslas Bag/LaslasBulsaMalls, open-air markets, and public transportationPerpetrators of this crimeusually target victims incrowdedareas.Aman/woman/childpretending to be lost orselling an item approachesthe victim to distract his/herattention. An accompliceslashes the bag/pocket ofthe victim who is busy beingdistractedbyanothersuspect. All money andgoods are stolen.