A mystery man’s been spotted on CCTV making an early morning raid on the Yau Ma Tei fruit market, stealing enough avocados to suggest he’s either malnourished and craving monounsaturated fatty acids or a massive brunch fiend.
Lending credence to the breakfast theory, the filcher also swiped several Korean melons which would surely go well with some avocado on toast for a light but satisfying start to the day.
CCTV footage from Friday but published by Apple Daily today shows the man — wearing a blue shirt, black trousers, and glasses — pacing up and down the market several times just before midnight.
With no one else in sight, he is then seen getting into a gap between two boxes and snatching a box of 24 Kenyan avocados worth about HK$160 (US$20).
The theft was reported by a woman surnamed Wong who works at the fruit market. She arrived at the market at around 2am on Friday when she noticed the box of avocados had gone missing.
Wong’s colleague, a man surnamed Shum, also told the newspaper that around the same time as the avocado theft, CCTV footage later shows the same man going into another stall to steal a box of six Korean melons worth about HK$180 (US$23).
Cheung Chi-cheung, chairman of the Kowloon Fruit and Merchants Association of Hong Kong, urged merchants in the famous fruit market to be more cautious as the increasing number of bars and shops in the area has led to more people walking through the fruit market late at night until the very early hours of the morning.