Police are on the lookout for a man who broke into a cafe in Mong Kok early Thursday and made off with a cash register that, alas, had no money in it.
According to HK01, the owner of Pause It Cafe on Shantung Street received an alert via an anti-theft alarm at around 5 am. He called police, who arrived at the scene shortly after.
The cafe owner confirmed with officers that the man stole a cash register worth about HK$1,000 (US$130) with no money in it.
A worker said the cafe been targeted by robbers twice before, and having learnt from those incidents, the owner does not keep any cash in the register overnight.
CCTV footage filmed at the time of the break-in showed a man wearing a white t-shirt, light-colored pants and black gloves. He was also holding a black bag.
Police suspect that the man also tried to burglar a bar on the same street. Parts of its facade was smashed, but the man did not succeed in breaking into the bar.
A worker at Pause It said the cafe is working on strengthening security. But he explained that the cafe’s glass exterior—which perhaps makes it an easy target for burglars—is one of the eatery’s signature designs, and that there are currently no plans to replace it.