Two men were arrested Tuesday night at Fu Cheong Estate in Sham Shui Po on multiple charges including impersonation of police officers, robberies and thefts, Apple Daily reported.
One of those detained was a person surnamed Chan, 36, who is believed to be involved in at least ten cases of theft in the West Kowloon region since last August, it said.
Pretending to be a police officer, Chan would conduct searches on people and their belongings and steal valuables during the process.
His targets ranged from schoolchildren to the elderly, according to the report.
Nine people aged between ten and 84, including seven male students aged ten to 14 and two females aged over 80, are said to have fallen prey to Chan among the cases reported to the police.
Besides these, there was at least one more known victim, but whose case was not brought to the police.
The police believe Chan follows the victims to quiet street corners and would claim to be a police officer by flashing fake ID. He would proceed to conduct searches on the victims and steal their items.
When someone questions his identity, he would resort to violence or simply run away after grabbing things such as mobile handsets from the victims.
While arresting Chan, police also nabbed another person — a man surnamed Lam who is 44 years in age — from the former’s apartment at Fu Cheong Estate.
The police believe the duo was jointly involved in a number of recent supermarket theft cases involving goods worth over HK$100,000.
Following a search at the apartment at the public housing estate, police seized some stolen goods, including watches, gold necklaces, canned cookies and chocolates, the report said.
Earlier this month, a 10-year-old primary five student from Ying Wa Primary School saw his mobile handset stolen after he was stopped by a person who claimed to be a police officer.
Fake cop searches boy’s schoolbag, gets away with phone (Jan. 7, 2016)
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