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Women who drugged, robbed expats caught

TWO Indonesian women who drugged and robbed a French tourist have been detained by Jing'an District police.

The suspects tricked the tourist into eating a drugged candy in a hotel in the district after meeting him in a bar in the Bund area last Wednesday.

The 50-year-old victim, surnamed Charles, did not wake up until noon the next day.

"He was still not in good shape when he came to us," a police official said yesterday.

Charles gave the women his cell phone number in the bar and returned to the Urbn Hotel on Jiaozhou Road at 3am last Thursday. The women arrived 30 minutes later.

Staff didn't see them leave at 4am but a surveillance camera showed the two with Charles' luggage.

The next day, police found the pair at a hotel in Huangpu District. Charles' belongings, including his passport, cell phone and other items worth about 30,000 yuan (US$4,400), were recovered.

Police also found two other passports. One belonged to a Dutchman they'd played the same trick on two days before. The other belonged to an Australian who reported the theft from a hotel in Pudong New Area in May.

Yesterday, Charles met Jing'an police to thank them.

"They caught the women so fast that I got my stuff back before I had to leave the country," he said.

Nicholas Parkinson-Bates, general manager of the Urbn Hotel, said yesterday the hotel would improve security and recruit more security staff.


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