Police suspect a gang of female thieves are operating in Hong Kong by luring their victims with the promise of sex or a massage.
Officers in the city are investigating whether the same group of Mandarin-speaking women are behind three reports of the thefts, all involving older men as the targets.
The latest two cases happened in Sha Tin and Kwun Tong over a period of four hours on Monday, in which two Hong Kong men lost valuables worth HK$93,000 (US$11,848).
One of the victims, aged 74, met a Mandarin-speaking woman in Tai Wai Road, Sha Tin, before being taken to a nearby flat on the ruse of a massage at about 2pm.
“The woman stole his HK$74,000 Rolex watch and fled when he went to toilet,” a police source said.
Officers combed the area after receiving a report from the victim, but no arrest was made.
The woman, aged between 40 and 50, was wearing a black top and grey trousers at the time of the incident.
Four hours later, police were called to a Mut Wah Street flat in Kwun Tong after a 57-year-old lost a gold necklace worth HK$17,000 under similar circumstances.
According to police, the woman was thought to be aged between 30 and 40 and also spoke Mandarin.
She is about 1.6 metres tall and of thin build and was wearing a black top, blue jeans and white sports shoes.
On Friday last week, two Mandarin-speaking women lured a 65-year-old man to the staircases of PopCorn shopping centre in Tseung Kwan O on the expectation of sex and stole his HK$17,000 (US$2,166) gold necklace.
The man had his underpants and trousers lowered when his gold necklace was snatched.
According to police, the two women thought to be aged between 40 and 50 with long hair were still on the run.
Another police source said crime squad officers were investigating whether those two women are linked to the latest two cases, as well as whether they worked for the same syndicate.
Last month, there were two reports of theft in which women used the lure of sex to trap their targets.
On April 24, a woman led a 69-year-old man to a guest house in Mong Kok with the promise of sex.
She stole his HK$80,000 watch and HK$900 in cash when he went to toilet. Police later arrested a 28-year-old woman.
On April 30, a 62-year-old man was lured to a guest house in Tsuen Wan under similar circumstances before his HK$20,000 gold necklace and HK$600 in cash were stolen.
According to the latest statistics, police handled 6,579 reports of theft in the first four months of this year, down 7.6 per cent from 7,119 cases over the same period last year.
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