Date
26 September 2017
The four suspects were arrested near the Central MTR Station after being seen following pedestrians too closely. Photo: HKEJ
The four suspects were arrested near the Central MTR Station after being seen following pedestrians too closely. Photo: HKEJ

Police nab South American men suspected to be pickpockets

Police have arrested four men suspected to be pickpockets who victimize bus passengers and pedestrians.

The men, aged 29 to 49, were described by police as South American, according to Sing Tao Daily.

They operate on buses armed with knives which they use to slash their victims’ pockets.

Tha arrests came after police received reports of pickpockets in markets, crowded streets and on passenger buses.

In most cases, the tactics used by the gang are similar, investigators said.

The suspects were arrested on Monday in Central by members of a police task force after being seen following pedestrians too closely.

The officers caught up with them near the Central MTR station.

Two industrial cutters and a bottle of tomato juice were recovered from the men. They were brought to the Central Police Station for questioning,

Initial investigations showed that one of the suspects is from Colombia and the rest from Mexico, according to Apple Daily.

They entered Hong Kong earlier this month and have been staying in a hotel in Prince Edward.

Investigators said the gang operates with one of the men pouring tomato sauce on their victims to distract them while the others slash their pants or handbags.

Police are checking camera footage to see if they are involved in other reported cases and if they have other accomplices.

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