Date
18 December 2017
The suspect, surnamed Chan, was arrested after a photo of him secretly taken by the victim surfaced on social media. Photo: Bloomberg, Facebook
The suspect, surnamed Chan, was arrested after a photo of him secretly taken by the victim surfaced on social media. Photo: Bloomberg, Facebook

Secret snap helps police nab iPhone 6 swindler

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after he and an accomplice ran away with four iPhone 6 handsets without paying the seller for them.

The suspect, surnamed Chan, was arrested in Yueng Long thanks to a photo posted online by the victim.

The man’s 20-year-old accomplice is at large, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

The two men had a arranged to meet the seller, a 22-year-old woman surnamed Yip, in Yueng Long Plaza after responding to her online ad.

Yip received a HK$3,000 deposit and agreed to have the smartphones examined by the accomplice while Chan spoke with her.

Chan darted away when Yip refused to let him leave for a toilet break and the next thing she knew, both men were gone, along with the iPhones worth HK$30,000.

Earlier, Yip had become suspicious of the men’s actions and began secretly taking pictures of Chan which she later used to alert the police.

She and her boyfriend posted the photo on social media.

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