An underwear thief returning to the scene of the crime was busted after leaving enough evidence on a spy camera.
The 44-year-old suspect, surnamed Cheung, went for a second helping hours after stealing a piece of undergarment from his neighbor, surnamed Lee.
The woman happened to be making a police report at the time of the repeat break-in.
Cheung later led police to a stash of women’s underwear, worth about HK$800 (US$103.20), in his flat.
It turns out Cheung has a docket of criminal offenses including theft and sales of pornographic CDs, according to Metro Daily.
Lee, who lives in a rooftop apartment in Yuet Wah Street in Kwun Tong, had been puzzled by a string of missing underwear.
She asked her boyfriend to install a surveillance camera in her flat which allows her to check on her home through her mobile phone.
The camera sends alerts if it detects an intrusion.
Lawmaker Charles Peter Mok, who represents the information technology sector, said such cameras, which cost from HK$300 to HK$1,000, are widely used in Hong Kong.
Most, however, are used to help prevent accidents or respond to emergencies at home, he said.
But some have more sophisticated functions such as unmasking who has been stealing the neighbors’ panties.
Translation by Charis Heung
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