Boy caught on camera in seconds-long hoodie theft
Surveillance video revealed that an hour before the theft, the boy and a companion had toured the mall apparently mapping out an escape route
Hong Kong police are hunting for a boy aged around 11 to 13 suspected of stealing clothes in Kowloon’s Mong Kok area after the alleged theft – which took only a few seconds – was captured by a surveillance camera on Tuesday.
The surveillance video showed a boy wearing a black shirt and shorts suddenly rushing into a shop in Pakpolee Commercial Centre on Sai Yeung Choi Street at 7pm and grabbing a hoodie that was displayed near the entrance, Headline Daily reported.
On the video, the boy was seen carrying the hoodie and running to a staircase. The shop owner chased after him but the boy escaped.
The shop owner’s head was injured when he lost his balance while running after the boy.
The whole incident lasted only a few seconds.
After checking the surveillance video, the owner found that an hour before the theft, the boy and another male teenager had toured around the shopping mall, apparently wanting to get familiar with the escape route.
The stolen item was a Supreme Box Logo Hoodie said to cost around HK$8,000 (US$1,020), news website HK01.com reported.
A crime squad from Mong Kok Police Station is following up the case and looking for a boy aged around 11 to 13 standing 160 centimeters tall.