Beware of this modus operandi when in malls [+video]

More people frequent the malls during summer to escape the heat of the scorching sun and partake of the coolness of the air conditioners which are often on full blast, but be on the lookout and beware of this modus operandi when inside.

In a report aired recently on ABS-CBN's primetime newscast TV Patrol, shoppers were reminded to be more mindful of their belongings.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footages have captured thieves, who are operating inside malls, as they crowded on innocent victims.

Watch how they do it:

The next time you go to the mall shopping for grocery or just fancy buying something, be aware and be more vigilant of your surroundings. No one knows who these perpetrators' next victim would be.

The video has gone viral after it was posted April 30 on YouTube, with close to 250,000 views as of Saturday morning.