A 62-year-old man woke up to find his wallet gone and HK$3,500 (US$451) in it, after falling victim to a suspected pickpocket gang on a KMB Bus.
The man, surnamed Tai, discovered the theft after he was woken by another passenger who told him his back pocket had been slashed, Apple Daily reports.
Tai had boarded the No. 66X bus in Mong Kok and took a window seat on the upper deck, according to his daughter. The seat next to him was empty.
He fell asleep on the trip to Tai Kok Tsui.
A passenger video doing the rounds of social media shows a man sit beside Tai.
He puts a backpack on his lap and reaches for something with his right hand behind his back.
Another man, apparently a lookout, sits behind them.
When Tai awoke after being alerted by a passenger, he found his wallet gone and shouted there was a thief on the bus.
He gave chase but the suspects used the emergency button to quickly get off the bus. No one helped the victim, investigators said.
Tai later told police the men spoke Putonghua.
Investigations by the Sham Shui Police precinct are continuing.
Last month, two bus passengers were targeted by a gang using the same tactics when the victims were immersed in their mobile phones.
They stopped the would-be pickpockets in their tracks.
Bus passengers report new pickpocket attempts (Sept. 20, 2016)
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