Regal Kowloon Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps
Regal Kowloon Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps

Police are hunting for a man who was filmed by a surveillance camera in the act of stealing at a hotel restaurant in Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui area. The two-minute video clip was uploaded to social media on Monday.

It showed a theft in progress in a restaurant at Regal Kowloon Hotel on Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Headline Daily reported.

The thief was shown pretending to try to put on his jacket several times, while in fact he was trying to steal a bag from the back of a chair where a male diner was sitting at the next table.

However, the first attempt to grab the bag failed as the diner leaned back on the chair. When the thief saw the diner checking his phone, he finally got a chance to take the bag and covered it with his jacket before leaving the restaurant.

Neither the diner nor his friend who was sitting opposite noticed the theft.

Police received a report at 9am on Monday that a 40-year-old mainland Chinese man had his bag stolen and lost HK$4,000 (US$510) and identification documents.

Tsim Sha Tsui police are hunting a man of medium build and about 170 centimeters tall with short hair. The suspect wore a dark-colored jacket, black trousers and dark-colored shoes.

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