A Hong Kong airport security guard is facing possible theft charges after being arrested for taking skincare products left by a passenger.
The 29-year-old suspect, surnamed Wong, is on bail and will report back to the police this month, according to Ming Pao Daily.
Wong’s employer, Aviation Security Co. Ltd., declined to comment, pending further investigation.
Airport and company regulations prohibit anyone from taking items left by passengers or seized by airport police for security reasons.
The items should be handed to a designated contractor for disposal.
Wong was caught on a CCTV camera on Sunday taking two bottles of SK-II skincare products from a bin.
The items, worth about HK$1,300 (US$167.74), had been left by a passenger because they exceeded the 100 ml. limit for handcarried liquids.
Solicitor Leung Wing-hang said anyone who dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another person is liable to theft charges.
However, in this case, the suspect could argue in court that he took something that had been relinquished by its owner, Leung said.
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