Date
22 August 2017
The policeman was robbed near the New Territories South Regional Police Headquarters in Tai Wo Hau. The Apple iPhone 6 (inset) is popular among robbers. 
Photos: Internet
The policeman was robbed near the New Territories South Regional Police Headquarters in Tai Wo Hau. The Apple iPhone 6 (inset) is popular among robbers. Photos: Internet

Policeman among victims of iPhone 6 robbers

Robbers grabbed an iPhone 6 from a constable in the Police Tactical Unit while he was resting on a park bench after jogging, Apple Daily reported Monday.

The 25-year-old officer fought with the four robbers, whom police suspect of being of South Asian origin and in their early 20s, and hurt one of the them before they fled with his phone.

The robbery, which took place near the New Territories South Regional Police Headquarters in Tai Wo Hau Saturday night, was the second in 24 hours that appeared to have the Apple-made smartphone as a target.

The night before, a 35-year-old male nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital in Kowloon was robbed of his phone in the neighborhood.

Although the phone was a RedMi smartphone made by Xiaomi, police think the robbers might mistaken the RedMi for an iPhone 6, which it resembles.

Both victims were sent to hospital for treatment.

Police believe the two robberies were done by the same group, according to the report.

Robberies of iPhone 6 owners have not been rare in Hong Kong.

A South Asian man tried to take an iPhone 6 from a woman near the Sheung Wan MTR Station early Jan. 21 but failed after she wrestled with the robber.

A secondhand iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is still worth between HK$4,500 (US$580) and HK$5,500, the owner of a mobile-phone shop said.

Another shop owner said there is a great demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the mainland, Vietnam and Thailand, and robbers who steal these phones have no problem reselling them.

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