Police have arrested a Vietnamese man on suspicion of robbing three convenience stores with an axe.
The robberies occurred on April 18, 23 and 25 in Tuen Mun, Sham Shui Po and Mong Kok, respectively, all involving 7-Eleven stores.
The Regional Crime Unit of New Territories North made the arrest after going through CCTV footage and witnesses accounts, news website hk01 reports.
Officers picked up the suspect in Tsing Chui Path in Tuen Mun at around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The suspect tried to escape but was subdued.
Police superintendent Li Kwai-wah said officers had a hard time locating the suspect, said to be a torture claimant, because he does not have a permanent address.
Li said the suspect confessed to the robberies under police caution and with the help of an interpreter.
The suspect would wait for the store to be empty before brandishing the axe and threatening the cashier in Cantonese for cash, investigators said.
The three stores lost a combined HK$20,261. The money has not been recovered.
The man said he abandoned the axe in the Tung Chau Street Temporary Market in Sham Shui Po but officers who accompanied him to the scene found nothing.
The suspect entered Hong Kong in 2015 and applied to become a torture claimant, police said.
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