Hong Kong police are looking for an Indonesian domestic helper who is suspected to have stolen around HK$200,000 from her elderly employer.
The search follows a complaint from an 87-year-old man that he has been robbed of his life savings.
According to Sing Tao Daily, the senior citizen, who lives at a public housing unit in Lam Tin, got a severe shock as he found his money missing from a drawer that he had kept locked.
Meanwhile, his domestic helper was also gone, making him suspect that the maid had fled after robbing him.
The elderly man, said to bear the surname Wong, was living alone in a flat in Kai Yan House at Kai Tin Estate in Lam Tin.
Due to his old age and deteriorating mobility, Wong’s family had hired an Indonesian maid named Ava, aged 33, to act as a caretaker.
The maid was hired five years ago through a senior citizen employment agency.
On Sunday, Ava is said to have told Wong that she will make a trip to Macau and return back to Hong Kong the same day.
However, as of Monday morning, she did not come back home, prompting her employer to get suspicious.
Wong unlocked a drawer in his bedroom and was horrified to find his life savings of around HK$200,000 gone.
He then called the police to inform them of the suspected theft.
According to the Sing Tao Daily report, Wong had given all his keys, including the one for the drawer, to his maid for a while sometime ago so that she could perform some chores.
Police found no signs of a break-in at the house, leading them to believe that the theft was the act of an insider.
They are now looking for the missing maid by seeking the assistance of her employment agency, as well as investigating her travel records.
A neighbor of Wong was quoted as saying that he was surprised by the news of the reported theft.
The Indonesian maid always looked helpful and appeared to be taking good care of the old man, taking him to the park every morning for a stroll, the person said.
Yung Ma Shan-yee, chairperson of the Employers of Domestic Helpers Association, reminded elderly employers not to keep too many valuables or a lot of cash at home.
If necessary, people should enhance security measures by installing CCTV cameras, she said.
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