Police arrested five men suspected of involvement in the slashing of seats of buses operated by Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (KMB) over the past few weeks.
The suspects were aged between 22 and 52. Three are Chinese and two are of Pakistani descent, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Several cutters were seized from them.
Superintendent Ewing Wu Ka-yan of the Kowloon East Regional Crime Headquarters said police have received 10 reports of slashed seats, graffiti, and inscriptions on buses involving different routes in the district over the past few weeks.
The incidents occurred amid reports of needles being planted in some KMB bus seats that resulted in at least two passengers being injured.
Investigation led officers to target the five suspects before making the arrests in an operation on Tuesday morning in several locations, Wu said.
The five suspects were involved in at least five cases of slashing of KMB bus seats, he said.
Wu said none of the five men worked for KMB. It is believed that the offenses were not organized or premeditated, and had no specific targets, he said, adding that two of the suspects were acquainted with each other and acted together while the rest acted alone.
Meanwhile, another KMB bus was found vandalized.
A Route N216 double-decker bus was cruising on Nathan Road from Yau Tong at around 2 a.m. on Tuesday when the driver detected a strong smell of paint.
After the bus reached the terminal on Cheong Wan Road in Hung Hom, the driver checked the vehicle and saw white paint splashed on two seats.
The driver notified the police, who listed the incident as a case of criminal damage.
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