An off-duty policewoman and her companion were arrested after security cameras showed that they picked up wallet and a mobile phone left by a teenage girl at a game center in Mong Kok, but did not report them to the police.
The 14-year-old girl surnamed Leung had reported to the police that she could not find a wallet and a mobile phone she left behind near a doll-clipping machine at a game center in Langham Place around 7 p.m. on Saturday, news website hk01.com reports.
Police officers conducted a search at the scene and retrieved the wallet but failed to find the mobile phone.
The girl inspected her wallet, and found that about HK$3,000 in cash and documents it used to contain were missing.
A review of the footage taken by security cameras at the game center led the police to identify the suspects, a 29-year-old policewoman surnamed Chan and her 32-year-old companion surnamed Kwok.
Kwok was arrested in the neighborhood later that day, and Chan, who is said to be assigned at the police headquarters in Wan Chai, was arrested in Mong Kok on Sunday. They were charged with theft.
Both were granted bail but told to report to the police station in late August as the crime unit of the Mong Kok Police District was following up on the case, Ming Pao Daily reported.
A police spokesman said the department will deal with the case seriously as it will never tolerate officers who break the law they are supposed to uphold.
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