Search for a “professional pickpocket” that has gone viral

A Montreal singer becomes a detective and seeks the public’s help to find the pickpocket who stole her cards and the cell phone on which she records her precious songs.

“When I saw the videos of him robbing me, I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ I didn’t notice anything. How has he fared? he was so close to me It’s traumatic,” says Nicole Arrage, 27.

Last Monday, her $1,600 iPhone and all of her credit cards were stolen from Cafe DAX in Outremont. Since then, the young woman has been on a mission to uncover this thief.

In particular, she recovered the videotapes from commercial surveillance cameras and then shared the sequence of her theft on social networks. The video has since gone viral.

Flight in 5 minutes

“Within five minutes he managed to rob me while I was chatting with my boyfriend in the coffee shop. We can see that he is a professional who knows what he is doing. I was pretty shocked,” says the singer.


Nicole Arrage - Pickpocket

Nicole Arrage/Courtesy

“But most of all, I want to find my phone that has my recordings with my songs on it,” she adds.

In the pictures we see how the pickpocket first orders a coffee. He then sits down next to the young woman, taking great care to move his chair back to get closer to her. At one point he seems to be looking for an object in his coat. However, thanks to different camera angles of the cafe, we see that the man inserts his hand into Nicole Arrage’s coat.


Nicole Arrage - Pickpocket

Nicole Arrage/Courtesy

“He managed to undo the button on my closed bag. I have not heard anything. He took all my cards and my phone without my noticing. It’s crazy, I still can’t believe it. He’s clearly a regular,” she denounces.

It quickly became known

That’s what the Montrealer says to him protocol that she also filed a complaint with the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) to find the pickpocket.


Nicole Arrage at the coffee shop where she was the victim of a pickpocket who stole her phone and cards in less than five minutes.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Arrage

Nicole Arrage at the coffee shop where she was the victim of a pickpocket who stole her phone and cards in less than five minutes.

But to increase her chances of recovering her stolen belongings, she relied on the power of social media to help locate him. Interestingly, the malefactor’s video she posted on TikTok had over 6.8 million views as of Friday afternoon.


Nicole Arrage - Pickpocket

Nicole Arrage/Courtesy

“Montreal is still a small city. I’m sure someone will recognize him and at least tell me his name,” said Ms.me Arrange.

Darren Johnston, owner of Café DAX, was then contacted and claims that this was unknown in his business and he had no hesitation in giving him the videos.

“I served him. He was very polite and knew what he was doing. We very much hope that we will find him,” concludes Mr. Johnston.

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