A 21-year-old student from Shenzhen University, who had been reported missing by her family, was found to have been jailed in Hong Kong for shoplifting.
The Hong Kong Police Force confirmed that Luo Wanlu had been arrested for stealing products worth HK$2,400 from three stores at two shopping malls in Tuen Mun on Saturday, the day when she arrived in Hong Kong alone, news website hk01.com reports.
After she pleaded guilty to three counts of theft at the Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Court on Monday, she was sentenced to 14 days in jail, the report said.
Luo, who is from Guizhou province, just graduated from Shenzhen University this year. She is set for postgraduate studies at the university in September.
According to Apple Daily, Luo told her friends on Saturday that she wanted to go on a one-day trip to Hong Kong to buy some cosmetic products and then come back to Shenzhen.
As she did not return as she had promised and was still unreachable the next day, her parents started getting worried and on Monday reported the matter to Shenzhen police, who said they have notified the Hong Kong police.
Her case spurred intense discussions on mainland social media, with many netizens sharing the information in a bid to help locate her.
But it turned out that she could not be reached because she had been detained by Hong Kong police for theft.
She has been accused of stealing items from three stores at The Trend Plaza Shopping Arcade and Tmtplaza.
She is doing time at Lo Wu Correctional Institution and will be sent back to the mainland after she has served her sentence.
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