Wu Chun House in Wan Chai. Photos: Google Maps, Hong Kong Breastfeeding Mothers' Association

A 42-year-old Hong Kong man was arrested for allegedly stealing two bottles of breast milk from a colleague in a government office and replacing them with fresh milk.

In late June, a 26-year-old working mother who breastfed her 16-month-old child discovered that two bottles of her breast milk she had stored in refrigerator of her office in Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, had been replaced by fresh milk. She realized the milk had been changed because the color was different, Sing Tao Daily reported.

On July 3, the mother again noticed that two bottles of breast milk had disappeared from the office’s fridge. She reported this to her supervisor and later to police.

Police confirmed that they had arrested a man who worked in the Office of the Communications Authority in Wu Chun House in Wan Chai as assistant inspector for telecommunications. He was charged with theft.

The suspect will appear in Eastern Magistrates’ Courts on July 21.

The government department said it had placed a lockable refrigerator in the office’s pantry after the incident, Apple Daily reported.

The incident surfaced on social media over the weekend when the Hong Kong Breastfeeding Mothers’ Association posted the details after the mother reported the case to police.

The association called such behavior unacceptable and reminded mothers to be cautious when they store breast milk in their workplace, adding that the government should protect breastfeeding mothers’ rights in public areas and workplaces.