Date
23 March 2017
The boy was on his way home from Ying Wa Primary School (left) when the fake officer intercepted him at Fu Cheong Shopping Center (right). Photos: Wikipedia, Google Maps
The boy was on his way home from Ying Wa Primary School (left) when the fake officer intercepted him at Fu Cheong Shopping Center (right). Photos: Wikipedia, Google Maps

Fake cop searches boy’s schoolbag, gets away with phone

A man who claimed to be a plainclothes police officer approached and searched a schoolboy on his way home from school near the Nam Cheong MTR station in Sham Shui Po, Sing Tao Daily reported Thursday.

Police investigators said the 10-year-old boy left school by himself at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

When he got to Fu Cheong Shopping Center, he was intercepted by a man in his 40s in casual wear who produced a fake police warrant card.

The fake officer forced the boy to go to a construction site near the MTR station, searched his schoolbag, took his mobile phone and fled the scene.

The boy cried for help, and a security guard surnamed Chan at the construction site called police.

The schoolboy was unharmed, but the culprit got away with his smartphone, which was worth HK$2,000.

Police have classified the incident as theft and impersonating a police officer. 

Ying Wa Primary School, which the boy attends, issued a circular Tuesday notifying parents about repeated incidents in the neighborhood.

Pupils were reminded to remain cautious in the streets and avoid using their mobile phones on the way to or from school.

Less than two weeks earlier in Sham Shui Po, on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m., a 41-year-old citizen reported that HK$280 in cash had been stolen by a fake police officer in his 30s at Tung Chau Street Park.

No one has been arrested in that incident.

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