The District Court in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island. Photo: Google Maps

A 35-year-old police officer was sentenced to 34 months in jail at Hong Kong District Court on Wednesday for a series of burglaries and other thefts.

Chan Hiu-kin pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary and two counts of theft, Sing Tao Daily reported.

Chan was first arrested for breaking into five restaurants in Kwun Tong and Hung Hom in Kowloon, as well as Tsuen Wan and Yuen Long in the New Territories, between 2015 and 2017 and stealing cash and property worth more than HK$80,000 (US$10,200) in total.

While he was out on bail for those offenses, he stole a trolley of 144 cans of infant formula worth around HK$30,000 in Tuen Mun and 141 boxes of medicine worth around HK$19,000 from a van in Mong Kok.

The defense lawyer said the defendant committed the thefts out of stupidity and because of his poor management of money. He is remorseful now.

The lawyer also disclosed that Chan was currently serving a jail term for failing to disclose his financial situation to the police force when he applied for a loan from the force’s credit union. He was due for release on September 22, Sing Pao reported.

District Court Judge Isaac Tam Sze-lok said the case was aggravated as the defendant had committed more crimes even while he was out on bail on the initial charges. But Tam decided against imposing a longer sentence since the defendant had returned the money and paid for the goods he stole.

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