Date
23 October 2018
Kwan shows his slashed back pocket (inset). The suspects struck on a KMB double-decker bus, Photos: http://hkbus.wikia.com, Apple Daily
Kwan shows his slashed back pocket (inset). The suspects struck on a KMB double-decker bus, Photos: http://hkbus.wikia.com, Apple Daily

KMB bus passenger loses cash to pickpocket gang

A 26-year-old passenger lost HK$600 to a suspected pickpocket gang believed to be operating on double-decker buses.

The man, surnamed Kwan, told police he boarded the No. 1A KMB bus in Middle Road in Tsim Sha Tsui at about 10 p.m. on Sunday and took a window seat on the upper deck. The seat next to him was empty.

As he began to doze off, the suspects came aboard and sat next to him and behind him.

When he woke up in Kowloon City, the three men had left their seats.

He found the right back pocket of his trousers slashed open. His money was missing from his wallet.

Kwan gave chase but the trio had gone aboard a taxi and fled.

He told police the men did not look like Hongkongers.

The pickpocket gang has a set pattern when they strike, a police source said.

One would sit next to the intended victim and slash the latter’s pocket with a sharp cutter while the others sit behind as lookouts.

The gang usually targets male passengers seated alone by the window on the left side of double-decker buses.

Most men put their wallet in their right back pocket. 

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