HK police arrest three for stealing credit cards from lockers at Happy Valley sports facility, spending HK$500,000

22-Jan-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Police have arrested three people accused of stealing credit cards at a public sports facility in Hong Kong and using them to rack up HK$500,000 (US$64,500) in bills on shopping sprees over the past six months.

The two men and one woman had been operating since July of last year and were involved in at least 11 cases in Happy Valley, according to the force.

Senior Inspector Hung Yu-yan of Wan Chai police district said lockers in the changing rooms of Happy Valley Recreation Ground on Wong Nai Chung Road were targeted.

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The gang moved in after their targets had placed their belongings in lockers and walked away, according to police, targeting only combination locks that could be easily opened.

“One of them acted as a lookout and the other two went to steal,” Hung said.

She said the gang would use the credit cards they took on the same day they were stolen, buying luxury goods such as handbags and mobile phones which they later sold for cash.

After poring over security camera footage, officers identified and arrested two men aged 48 and 54, as well as one woman, 49, at the recreation facility and in Tsim Sha Tsui on Tuesday.

During the operation, police also seized items including luxury handbags suspected of being bought with stolen credit cards.

Police are also investigating whether the gang was behind other similar cases across the city.

Hung said the three suspects, arrested for theft and obtaining property by deception, included a bank employee, while another was unemployed.

As of Thursday morning, the trio was being held for questioning and had not been charged.

Between January and October of 2020, police handled 17,143 reports of theft across the city, up 1.8 per cent from 16,841 in the same period of 2019.


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