Date
27 May 2017
As cash was stolen from an ATM without any damage to the machine, police believe the theft was committed by a person who had the keys and codes. Photos: HKEJ, Ta Kung Pao
As cash was stolen from an ATM without any damage to the machine, police believe the theft was committed by a person who had the keys and codes. Photos: HKEJ, Ta Kung Pao

Man arrested in connection with HK$1.6 mln ATM theft

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the theft of about HK$1.6 million from an HSBC automated teller machine (ATM) in Yau Tong, Apple Daily reported.

The suspect, who bears the surname Man, was said to be an employee of a security services firm that transports cash to ATMs.

The police recovered HK$1.11 from the man’s home in Ma On Shan, according to the report.

The rest of the money is believed to have been taken away by his girlfriend, who is said to be hiding in Shenzhen.

The theft took place in the afternoon on Jan. 22. Three cash escort personnel of Brinks security services firm placed HK$1.6 million inside an HSBC ATM near a shopping mall in Yau Tong. 

However, all the cash was stolen half an hour later by a man wearing a mask and a hat.

Sun Yi-ki, a senior officer at the Kwun Tong police station, was quoted as saying that there was no damage to the ATM. Hence, the theft was done by an insider who had keys and codes to open the machine, she said.

Man had sought sick leave that day, the only person among the 60 cash escort staff of Brinks Hong Kong who was not on official duty when the theft happened.

After examining CCTV footage from the ATM site and Man’s apartment building, police determined that there was strong reason to believe that Man had committed the crime.

Man and his girlfriend are said to be in huge debt due to their lavish spending. The girlfriend is believed to have fled to Shenzhen earlier to escape creditors. 

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