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Three Chilean women have been arrested for allegedly stealing 880,000 Chinese yuan (US$112,383) from a car in Mong Kok, Kowloon.

The women, aged between 32 and 60, all holding tourist visas, were arrested in Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon on Monday, accused of an alleged theft that took place on Friday night, Ta Kung Pao reported.

On Friday, a male staff member of a currency exchange shop surnamed Chan carried 880,000 Chinese yuan to his car parked at the intersection of Shanghai Street and Soy Street in Mong Kok.

When Chan was about to drive off, a woman knocked on his window and told him he had dropped money at the back of his car.

When Chan got out of the car to check, another woman stole the bag from the car while a third stood lookout.

When Chan returned to his car, he discovered that the bag of money was missing stolen. The trio had already run away. Chan reported the case to the police.

After an investigation, police intercepted the three women on Parkes Street in Yau Ma Tei on Monday afternoon.

Officers recovered HK$390,000 (US$49,804) in cash and arrested them for alleged conspiracy to steal. The trio were then taken back to the guest house where they stayed on Nathan Road for a search to be undertaken.

Police say further investigations are ongoing to try and locate the rest of the stolen money, and that more arrests are possible.

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