Police are on the lookout for a thief who made away with a luxury handbag worth nearly HK$400,000 from a Tsim Sha Tsui store two days ago.
According to Apple Daily, a man walked into an outlet of Brand Off, a Japanese retailer that sells second-hand branded products, Wednesday night and asked to be shown a black Hermès bag.
The bag, a Hermès Birkin30, was a limited edition item made of crocodile skin, and had a price tag of HK$398,000. It was said to have been put on window display just last week.
After pretending to inspect the bag, the man diverted the attention of the sales staff and dashed off with the product without paying, the report said.
The suspect was said to have visited the shop, which is located at Wing Lock House, previously to familiarize himself with the surroundings. He appeared to be an interested buyer, saying he was looking to buy the black bag on behalf of a friend.
At around 9 pm Wednesday, the man re-visited the shop, which had three staffers on duty at that time, asking for the same bag.
As the staff recognized him from his previous visit, they handed over the bag to him.
Holding the bag, the man soon diverted the attention of the salespeople by asking to be shown another product.
As the staff turned around to get the second item, the man quickly darted out of the shop with the Hermes handbag. A salesperson gave chase but to no avail, as the thief disappeared into the back alleys.
CCTV cameras from neighboring shops captured the man’s escape route. Police have now launched a hunt for the suspect.
Brand Off, which entered Hong Kong in 2008, currently has 15 branches in the city.
In another incident this year, four burglars broke into a store at Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong in June, stealing more than HK$1.8 million worth of handbags.
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