Date
27 May 2017
A bus passenger found the back pocket of his pants, along with his wallet, had been cut by a pickpocket gang while aboard the 238X bus on Monday. Photos: Wikipedia, Apple Daily
A bus passenger found the back pocket of his pants, along with his wallet, had been cut by a pickpocket gang while aboard the 238X bus on Monday. Photos: Wikipedia, Apple Daily

Pickpocketing cases on the rise along Yau Ma Tei-TST bus routes

On Monday afternoon, a 47-year-old man surnamed Wong took the 238X bus from Cheung Sha Wan to Tsim Sha Tsui.

He took a seat beside the window on the upper deck.

In Yau Ma Tei, three men boarded the bus. One sat beside him and the other two behind.

Upon reaching Jordan, Wong felt someone touched him just as the three men hastily got off the bus.

Not too long after the men left, Wong found that the right back pocket of his trousers had been cut open several times, apparently with a sharp blade.

He inspected his LV wallet and found that it, too, had been cut with the HK$1,000 in bank notes inside sliced into halves. He called the police.

Wong was the latest victim of a pickpocket gang victimizing bus passengers along the Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok routes, Apple Daily reports.

The victims were riding Bus Nos. 6C, 66X, 212 and 238X when the incidents happened.

So far police have recorded five cases of pickpocketing on public buses this month.

All of the victims were men who put their wallet on the right back pocket. They said the theft probably occurred while they were taking a nap or busy with their smartphones.

Police said the thieves apparently targeted passengers who appeared to have low awareness of what was going on inside the bus, and would get off the bus immediately whether they succeeded in their mission or not.

Investigators are trying to find out if all the cases could be tied to the same gang.

On Oct. 4, a man lost HK$3,500 to pickpockets while taking the 66X bus from Mong Kok to Tuen Mun.

The crime was recorded on camera by a fellow passenger seated next to him. The video clip went viral on social media.

Police said some members of pickpocket gangs, especially those from Hunan province, would even hide a blade under their tongue to avoid being found carrying weapons if they are stopped by a police officer on the streets.

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