Mainland Chinese woman arrested in HK over massage scam and HK$80,000 watch theft

26-Apr-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A woman from mainland China was arrested in Hong Kong on Wednesday night over theft of a HK$80,000 watch and HK$900 in cash, seven hours after the victim, a 69-year-old man, was lured into a guest house for a massage service.

Police were investigating if the woman, 28, who was visiting the city, was also linked to a similar theft reported two weeks ago. A 58-year-old man in that case had lost HK$27,000 at a guest house on the same street in Mong Kok.

The two victims were approached and offered a massage on Tung Choi Street before being escorted to nearby guest houses, according to a police source.

“In both incidents, valuables and cash were stolen when the victims went to the toilet,” he said.

The source added that officers were investigating whether the suspect used the promise of sex to trap targets and if she worked for a syndicate.

In the latest case, the 69-year-old man was approached by the woman at about 2pm on Wednesday before being taken to nearby Tai On House for a massage. The building is about 200 metres from Mong Kok police station.

The woman stole his watch worth HK$80,000 along with HK$900, and escaped when he went to the toilet, according to police.

Officers viewed CCTV footage to identify the woman and track her down.

At about 9pm, police arrested the suspect and recovered the watch in a flat on Nathan Road in Mong Kok. The woman holds a two-way permit, a mainland travel document for entering the city.

According to police, the previous incident happened at about 11am on April 10.

The source said the same tactic was used and the description of the culprit was similar.

As of 1pm on Thursday, the mainland woman was still being held for questioning at Mong Kok police station and had not been charged.

Detectives in the area are also looking into whether similar cases have been reported in other parts of the city.


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