Two men were arrested on a public bus by police in Kowloon on Tuesday after they were seen cutting a man’s trousers to steal a wallet that contained HK$7,000 (US$900).
Police on a dedicated anti-pickpocket patrol saw the two men acting suspiciously so followed them onto a bus in Kowloon’s Yau Ma Tei district, RTHK reported. One of the thieves was then seen cutting the trouser pocket of a 57-year-old man’s before taking the wallet.
The two men, who were from mainland China and had entered Hong Kong on short term visitor visas, were found by police to have 11 more cutters in their possession.
On Monday another Hong Kong resident took to Facebook to say his trousers had also been cut on a Hong Kong bus. William Wong said he had been targeted by three men who also appeared to be from mainland China. Although his trousers were cut, Wong said his own vigilance allowed him to keep his wallet.
Other Facebook users urged Wong to report the case to the police.