Date
23 May 2017
Hong Kong police say a total of 36 on-board theft cases have been reported by airlines and air passengers so far this year. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily
Hong Kong police say a total of 36 on-board theft cases have been reported by airlines and air passengers so far this year. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

Police nab two mainland air passengers over on-board theft

Two mainland Chinese men have been arrested in separate incidents by the Hong Kong police for suspected burglary during air travel to the city.

On Thursday, a 42-year-old man who traveled on a flight from Bangladesh was nabbed after he was found to have stolen some cash from the cabin baggage of two fellow passengers, Apple Daily reported.

The man, said to bear the surname Chen, stole US$1,000 cash from the luggage of one passenger and HK$3,000 from the bag of another person, the report said, citing the police. 

During the flight, cabin crew found Chen acting in a suspicious manner and reported the matter to the flight captain, who then alerted the police in Hong Kong. 

After the plane landed, police searched the man’s belongings and found cash in different currencies. Following an interrogation, it was concluded that the man had stolen from fellow passengers.

In another mid-air burglary case this week, a mainlander is reported to have stolen from a fellow passenger while on a flight from Xiamen to Hong Kong.

In the incident which happened on Wednesday, the man — a person surnamed Liu — stole 7,000 yuan from a Hong Kong man who was sleeping, according to the report.

A flight attendant noticed suspicious activity and reported the matter. When the plane landed in Hong Kong, Liu was taken into custody. 

According to the police, a total of 36 on-board theft cases have been reported by airlines and air passengers so far this year. The cases are said to have led to the arrest of 17 mainlanders.

Translation by Charis Heung

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