This is the moment a brazen Chinese thief pickpockets a woman shopper – using CHOPSTICKS.
The thief was caught on a security camera artfully rifling through his victim’s coat to grab her mobile phone using the wooden utensils.
Police in China believe a gang of opportunists are targeting busy shoppers, primarily women laden down with shopping bags.
They then produce chopsticks and skilfully use them to root around in the women’s coat pockets searching for valuables.
The thefts are carried out in broad-daylight and in full view of passers by and CCTV cameras.
In one clip a woman wearing a black and white patched coat is unaware she is being robbed by a thief using chopsticks.
She walks away before the thief has a chance to steal her belongings.
In another clip another woman is approached from behind by a pickpocket who grabs her mobile phone out of her white full-length coat.
He grips the phone between the chopsticks before placing it in a white handkerchief and walking away.
An onlooker said: ”It’s so obvious what the gang are doing but no one does anything.
”This gang know exactly what they are doing and are highly skilled.
”By using chopsticks they avoid getting caught with their hands in the victim’s pockets and don’t leave finger-prints on stolen property.”