Date
27 July 2017
A Chinese-Canadian tourist (inset right) explains to a police official how he was robbed while walking back to his hotel Sunday night. Photos: Apple Daily, Google Maps
A Chinese-Canadian tourist (inset right) explains to a police official how he was robbed while walking back to his hotel Sunday night. Photos: Apple Daily, Google Maps

Pickpocket duo targets Chinese-Canadian tourist

Police are on the lookout for two men following a pickpocketing incident involving a Chinese-Canadian tourist last night in Kowloon.

The tourist, a person surnamed Yeung, was walking back to his hotel — the Kowloon Shangri-la –after a night out in Tsim Sha Tsui when he was robbed by two men in a meticulously-planned caper.

According to a complaint lodged with the police, when Yeung arrived at the intersection between Chatham Road South and Observatory Road, he saw a man who was walking in front suddenly squat down to tie his shoe laces.

As Yeung was observing the man, he felt someone bump into him from behind. The second man quickly excused himself and went off, and Yeung didn’t suspect that anything was amiss.

The tourist then reached his hotel and went to bed.

It was only the next morning when he woke up that Yeung realized that his wallet was missing.

Looking back at his movements over the previous night, he suspected that he was pickpocketed on the way to the hotel.

With the help of hotel staff, he reported the matter to the police.

According to an Apple Daily report, the missing wallet contained 3,800 yuan in Chinese currency, HK$500 in Hong Kong dollar notes and some travel documents. 

Based on the information provided by Yeung, police believe he fell victim to some experienced pickpockets.

A hunt is on for two suspects, both of whom are said to be non-Chinese.

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