Bungling robber flees empty-handed from HK 7-Eleven after staff ignore bomb threat and his demand they put HK$15,000 into WeChat Pay account

24-Oct-2018 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A bungling criminal fled a Hong Kong 7-Eleven empty-handed on Tuesday after trying to force staff to transfer HK$15,000 into a WeChat Pay account HK$5,000 more than the maximum daily limit.

Police were hunting the would-be robber, who claimed he had a bomb but ran away after a female employee at the store in Cheung Sha Wan ignored him and raised the alarm instead.

The incident, which police believe could be the first time someone has attempted to demand money via electronic transfer in a shop, happened in the convenience store on Po On Road at about 9.30am.

A police spokesman said the man, who was wearing a face mask and spoke Cantonese with a mainland Chinese accent, had asked the 33-year-old employee to transfer the cash, but ran off when she pressed an alarm button.

Officers searched the area, but there was no sign of the man, who was wearing a light-coloured shirt at the time of the incident.

Police continued to check surveillance camera footage inside the shop to gather evidence.

Figures show police handled 82 reports of robbery in the first six months of this year, compared with 90 in the same period last year.



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