WATCH: Beware of this modus operandi in malls this Christmas

Beware, thieves and other criminals are lurking around malls during Christmas. Be vigilant so you will not fall victim to this modus operandi.

A robbery incident that took place Wednesday afternoon, December 9, was captured by a closed-circuit television camera inside a shopping center.

The footage shows a woman being victimized by a female pickpocket. The victim was requested by the thief to reach something on top of a shelf and lost her wallet loaded with cash in a matter of seconds.

Melanie Patal Hernandez shared the video on Facebook hoping that the thief would be identified and to warn others of what she called "paabot modus" this holiday season. She also encouraged shoppers not to buy alone.

Be aware. Watch:

BABALA! Mag Ingat! Sa mga magnanakaw lapit na PASKO.... PAABOT MODUS (pag me nag ask ng help para magpasuyo n abotin ang item s mataas n lagay wag po natin tulongan... tell them n magpasuyo sila s saleslady kase modus nila un para madistract ka at magkarun cla ng chance n mabuksan ang bag mo at manakawan ka at iwasan po natin mamili ng mag isa dahil un target nila mabiktima) Sa mga ka fb friends q pashare nman ng video n to at kung makikila nyo qng cnu ang MAGNANAKAW na nasa Video pls... pa inform po at isuplong ntin xa sa pulis ng wala na xang mabiktima pa...
Posted by Melanie Patal Hernandez on Wednesday, December 9, 2015