This is why thieves are all alike

September 18, 2015 15:51
Lui shows how he protected his son as he was pinned to the wall by a robber who stole his necklace. The robbery happened in a public housing estate in Mong Kok. Photo: Google Map, Apple Daily

A thief is a thief.

It didn't matter that his target was carrying an infant, weighted down by a load of groceries in both hands and climbing a flight of stairs.

When it was all over, the victim had lost a HK$15,000 (US$1,940) necklace. The baby was safe, according to Apple Daily.

The 22-year-old father, surnamed Lui, lives with his wife and their infant son in a public housing estate in Tong Choi Street in Mong Kok.

The building has no security and no surveillance camera, except in a ground-floor hair salon next to the staircase, and the entrance is always open.  

Lui, a teahouse worker, was returning home from the grocery store with his son in a front-facing baby carrier on Thursday when he was stopped by the suspect from behind on a second-floor landing.

He instinctively put an arm around his son as the suspect pinned him to the wall.

The robber hit him twice in the head with a blunt object before fleeing with the necklace.

Lui said he gave chase for about 500 meters through Shan Tung Street, Nelson Street and Fa Yuen Street, with a crowd in tow, but stopped when the suspect disappeared into a corner 

He said he did not see the suspect's face but a CCTV camera in the beauty shop might have had a clear shot of him.

It could help identify a 51-year-old suspect arrested by the police hours later.

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