Two Tanzanian women, including an asylum seeker, were arrested in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island for allegedly stealing from a man who had invited them back to his hotel early on May 10.
Police said they were informed by the 52-year-old foreign man at 3:30am that valuables worth about HK$80,000 (US$10,191) had been taken from his hotel room, the Oriental Daily reported.
It is understood that the man, whose nationality was no disclosed, had met the two women at a pub in Central’s Lan Kwai Fong district and invited them to his hotel in Admiralty. Afterward he found that a watch worth about HK$70,000 (US$8,917), a tablet valued at HK$9,000 and three credit cards had been stolen.
The women, aged 27 and 28, were intercepted by police officers on Jaffe Road in Wan Chai at 6am and all the missing items were recovered. One is an asylum seeker and the other holds a tourist visa.
On further investigation, police found the women had been involved in three other cases of theft and obtaining property by deception in the district in the past month, news website HK01.com reported.
All the victims were foreign men, who lost valuables with a combined value of about HK$230,000. In some cases the stolen credit cards had been used for shopping. The women remain in police custody pending further investigations.