Date
16 January 2017
A piece of chewing gum was stuck on the lens of the camera monitoring the entrance of the Japanese restaurant. Photo: Google Maps
A piece of chewing gum was stuck on the lens of the camera monitoring the entrance of the Japanese restaurant. Photo: Google Maps

Lobster thief disables security camera with chewing gum

Security cameras at a restaurant in Wan Chai failed to prevent a wily thief from stealing lobsters worth HK$5,000 from the fish tank.

At 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, a 47-year-old employee of a Japanese restaurant on Lockhart Road noticed that the security camera at the entrance did not seem to be working properly.

He went outside to check it and a saw a piece of chewing gum stuck on its lens, Headline Daily reports.

He then went to the fish tank, which the camera was monitoring, and found that 10 of the 12 lobsters inside were missing.

Police officers who arrived on his call suspected that whoever put the gum on the camera lens was working with the person or was the person who stole the lobsters.

The employee said the stolen lobsters were from Dongsha Islands north of the South China Sea and were worth about HK$5,000.

In February last year, a seafood restaurant in the district lost lobsters and crabs weighing about 20 kilograms to two thieves, who were identified and arrested with the help of security cameras in the establishment, the report said.

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