Date
24 September 2017
CCTV footage captures a woman placing a dummy iPhone on a shop desk before making off with a genuine handset. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily
CCTV footage captures a woman placing a dummy iPhone on a shop desk before making off with a genuine handset. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

Woman uses dummy handsets to steal iPhones from two shops

In the latest case of shoplifting in Hong Kong, a woman is said to have stolen two iPhone 6 Plus smartphones from retail outlets by replacing the handsets with dummies.  

One phone was stolen from a shop at Sin Tat Plaza in Mongkok while another was lifted from an outlet in Kowloon Bay, according to Apple Daily.

A store owner surnamed Tong, 36, said the thief — believed to be aged between 30 and 40 — was dressed well and that she was carrying a black handbag and wearing a scarf.

The woman was captured by the shop’s CCTV system, he said, adding that the footage has been passed to the police for investigation.

The woman is said to have stepped in Tong’s shop at around 7pm on Wednesday, asking for a second-hand iPhone 6 Plus, while holding a similar phone in her hand.

On being shown a phone, she went on to talk for about two minutes and asked for a handset bearing a different color.

When Tong turned around to get the product that was sought, the woman is said to have quickly switched the first handset she had asked to see with a dummy phone that she had in her hand.

She placed the dummy on the desk and walked out of the shop, saying she had changed her mind about buying the phone.  

Later when Tong inspected the phone, he realized that the woman had pulled a fast one.

He called the police and passed on the dummy handset to them, to help the officers retrieve fingerprints of the woman.

When Tong discussed the incident with others, he was shocked to learn that another store owner was also deceived in exactly the same way.

A person surnamed Lam said he fell victim to the same female con artist.

Lam said he knows the woman’s husband, and that he was told that the couple had divorced.

According to Lam, the woman might have been wearing a wig during the theft at Sin Tat Plaza, going by the video footage, as the woman was actually said to be bald.

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