Date
30 May 2017
A Hong Kong man has been able to recover his stolen car and also nab the thieves, thanks to help provided by members of a Facebook group. Photos: Apple Daily, Facebook
A Hong Kong man has been able to recover his stolen car and also nab the thieves, thanks to help provided by members of a Facebook group. Photos: Apple Daily, Facebook

Facebook group helps man retrieve stolen car

A Facebook group dedicated to offering advice to the motorist community has helped a Hong Kong car owner locate his stolen car and also nab the thieves early Tuesday.

According to an Apple Daily report, a 32-year-old man living in Kwai Chung Estate found his car missing after it was parked outside a garage in Sheung Shui Monday.

The man, who bears the surname Kwong, had apparently taken the vehicle — a 1996 Honda Civic — for some maintenance work recently to the garage.

After the repairs were completed, the car was said to have been parked outside the garage on Monday so that the owner can pick it up.

Later the garage staff found the car gone, and assumed that Kwong had collected his vehicle.

But the owner called up soon to make some enquiries, which is when the garage staff realized that the something had gone wrong.

As Kwong confirmed that he hadn’t picked up his vehicle yet, it became clear that there was a theft. The matter was reported to the police. 

The car owner, meanwhile, posted a message about the theft on a Facebook community page, asking the group’s fellow member drivers to help find the stolen property.

By Monday evening, Kwong received an alert from a Facebook group member that his car was seen in Yuen Long. Upon getting the information, Kwong immediately set off with his twin brother and their girlfriends to Yuen Long in search of the lost vehicle.

By 3am Tuesday, they spotted the car as it was being driven on a road near the Pok Oi Hospital roundabout. A car chase ensued for about four kilometers before the stolen Honda was finally forced to pull over near Cheung Chun San Tsuen.

A man and a woman exited from the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but were stopped by the Kwong brothers. There was a scuffle among the three males before the suspect was eventually subdued.

Police later arrived at the scene and arrested the couple. The male suspect, a 34-year-old person surnamed Lau, is said to have a triad background and other criminal records. 

The Kwong brothers have also been held on suspicion of assault, and are sorting out the matter with the police.

In the meantime, they expressed their appreciation for the assistance rendered by members of the Facebook group for helping them recover their vehicle.

The group, which uses the slogan “Careful Driving“, currently has 53,000 members.

According to the report, this is not the first time it has helped its members retrieve stolen vehicles.

Thanks to its huge followers, the Facebook group is clearly providing more than just advice to its online community.

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