Alleged tissue bandit goes to court

Local | Cissy So 20 Feb 2020

Cissy So

A 38-year-old transport worker appeared in West Kowloon Magistrates' Court yesterday for allegedly stealing two boxes of plastic gloves and six boxes of tissue paper from a store.

Chu Ka-ho faces a burglary charge after allegedly sneaking into the Tsui Lam Market in Tseung Kwan O on Sunday after it closed.

The court heard that Chu denied stealing any money but admitted stealing both gloves and tissue paper.

Chu's application for bail was refused after the prosecutor objected. He was not required to enter a plea and was remanded in custody pending further investigation.

Magistrate Winnie Lau Yee-wan adjourned Chu's next hearing to April 15.

Meanwhile, a 36-year-old housewife, surnamed Chan, was arrested on Tuesday night for suspicion of obtaining property by deception.

She is alleged to have offered masks for sale online from January 29 to 31, at HK$89 per box of 50.

Several orders were placed after viewing an online post, with more than 100 people paying out a total of HK$40,000.

Many buyers did not receive their orders after a long period of time, later realizing they were scammed after they could not contact the seller.

Police said that there had been a total of 26 reported cases so far.

The police reminded citizens to first verify online sellers and to only use trusted sales platforms with online authentication systems.

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