Tuen Mun, New Territories. Photo: Google Maps

A 20-year-old master’s degree candidate from Shenzhen University was found in jail in Hong Kong, serving time for theft, after being reported  missing three days earlier.

The woman, surnamed Luo, from Guizhou province in southwestern China, and who had just graduated from Shenzhen University’s College of Information Engineering, was jailed for 14 days for three counts of theft by a Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Oriental Daily reported.

On July 29, Luo traveled to Hong Kong alone and was reported missing after her parents and friends were unable to contact her later that day.

According to Shenzhen police, Luo crossed the border at 1:23pm on Saturday and her mobile phone was switched off at 5pm.

Her parents arrived in Shenzhen from Guizhou on Monday and reported her missing to Shenzhen police. They also applied for two-way permits to Hong Kong to search for their daughter.

Meanwhile, the news website HK01.com reported that Luo was probably in jail, citing Hong Kong police and court information that a 20-year-old mainland Chinese woman had been arrested for theft in Tuen Mun on July 29.

Court was told that the defendant stole HK$2,400 (US$307) worth of cosmetic products from three different stores in Tuen Mun Town Plaza and the Trend Plaza Shopping Arcade, also in Tuen Mun in the New Territories.

She was sentenced to 14 days in Lo Wu Correctional Institution.

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