Luk Yeung Galleria, Tsuen Wan, New Territories. Photos: Wikimedia Commons, McDonald's

Hong Kong police arrested a 37-year-old man for stealing a donation box from a fast-food restaurant in Tsuen Wan in the New Territories on Monday.

At 7am, the man entered a McDonald’s restaurant on the second floor of Luk Yeung Galleria and pulled apart the chain connecting a donation box to the cashier counter, Ta Kung Pao reported.

He grabbed the box and escaped, but restaurant staff chased him.

On a staircase 200 meters from the shopping mall, an off-duty police officer and two passers-by stopped the suspect and subdued him by forcing him to the floor, Sing Pao reported.

The donation box was broken and coins were scattered on the floor.

The man was arrested for theft of HK$500 (US$64) in cash.

Every McDonald’s restaurant has a donation box to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit organization that supports programs for sick children and their families.