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Carjacking syndicate uses young, attractive women to snare victims.

Police trying to home in on 'tweets' to pin down remaining suspects

Manila Police are on the hunt for a group of young and pretty women who have been tagged members of a carjacking ring responsible for recent high-profile car thefts in the metropolis.

Superintendent Rommel Miranda of the National Capital Region Police Office said they are on the lookout for a group of women, who were barely out of their teens, that a carjacking syndicate uses to "honey trap" their victims.

"We are looking for several mestizas [women of mixed racial ancestry] who are part of a major carjacking syndicate," he said in a radio interview.

Tech savvy

"In some cases, the group uses its female members to befriend potential victims. They would attend bars, parties and other social gatherings," the official was quoted by reports as saying. The women ring members are tech savvy and daring.

Authorities scored a major point in Metro Manila's war against car theft syndicates with the neutralisation of ringleader Ivan Padilla, 23, in a shootout with police in suburban Makati City.

Unlike other similar felons, Padilla's group operates unconventionally and uses modern technology such as the internet, to identify and get information on their prey. "One of the female suspects has a Twitter account and was using it to coordinate the group's criminal activities using coded messages that only syndicate members can understand," Miranda said.

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Date:Aug 5, 2010
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