Haste makes waste, and could cause a criminal to get caught.
Police arrested a 19-year-old man a few hours after he robbed a woman in Mong Kok, thanks to a wallet that fell out of his pocket as he fled.
The 37-year-old victim, surnamed Wong, was walking along Tai Nan Street at around 3 a.m. on Thursday, when a man suddenly grabbed her handbag and fled, news website hk01.com reports.
After failing to catch the robber, Wong borrowed a mobile phone from a passerby to call the police.
She said her handbag contained HK$7,000 and 500 yuan in cash, jewelry worth HK$33,000, several credit cards, a mobile phone, and her identification card.
As police officers were searching for the robber, a pedestrian on the same street found a wallet on the ground and turned it over to them.
Suspecting that the robber they were looking had dropped the wallet as he was fleeing, police used the ID card and driver’s license in it to find and arrest him in his flat in Kwun Tong at 7:50 a.m.
Some of the items in the victim’s handbag were recovered in the suspect’s flat.
Investigation revealed the man, who claimed to be a porter, had no criminal record.
Police believe the suspect was not a gang member but acted alone.
The case was handed over to the crime unit of Mong Kok Police District for follow-up.
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