Date
17 October 2017
A woman lost HK$40,000 to a gang who used the same liquid-spilling trick as  in a previous hit at almost the same spot in Tsuen Wan a week apart. Photos: Google Maps, internet
A woman lost HK$40,000 to a gang who used the same liquid-spilling trick as in a previous hit at almost the same spot in Tsuen Wan a week apart. Photos: Google Maps, internet

Liquid-spilling robbers claim new victim

A liquid-spilling gang that robs its victims by distracting them has struck again, a week after picking off an unsuspecting target near the same spot in Tsuen Wan.  

Police are looking for three male suspects, described as European between 40 and 50 years old, news website hk01.com reports.

The robbery took place on July 16 when a 29-year-old woman, surnamed Lam, lost HK$40,000 (US$5,157) after being bumped by the suspects who spilled liquid on her clothing.

She said she found the money gone after the men helped her clean up.

The incident took place near the scene of a similar liquid-spilling trick on July 8 in which a woman lost HK$80,000 she had just withdrawn from the bank.

Investigators said she might have been targeted by the suspects from the time she stepped into the premises.  

In the latest incident, the victim said the men apologized to her after smudging her shoulder with an unknown liquid and proceeded to help her.

Police described the three suspects as foreign males about 1.7 meters to 1.8 meters tall. They were in shorts and caps.    

Investigators linked two of the suspects to the July 8 robbery.

They are urging witnesses to come forward and help them identify the suspects from video footage.

Translation by Chloe Chow

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