Police officer arrested for stealing fishing gear worth HKD420

As the saying goes, everyone has their price – one thing for which they would compromise their morals. For most, it’s fame or fortune. For one policeman, apparently it’s just some fishing tackle.

At around 10am yesterday, a 41-year-old man surnamed So entered a tackle shop on Shing Yip Street in Kwun Tong, Apple Daily reports. A clerk reportedly found So’s behaviour “suspicious” and asked to check a large bag he was carrying before he left.

So reportedly ran out of the door as soon as he heard the request and tried to flee. However, the clerk managed to subdue him with the help of some passersby and called the police.

When the cops arrived, they found HKD420 worth of fishing gear and discovered that So was in fact an off-duty police officer. 

The 41-year-old was arrested on suspicion of theft and was released on bail. He is required to report back to the police in early September and the theft will be investigated by Kwun Tong District’s Crime Squad. 

A police spokesperson said the force attaches “great importance” to the conduct of its officers and does not tolerate criminal behaviour. On top of the criminal investigation, So will be subjected to a disciplinary review.

Last week, a 29-year-old police officer was arrested for stealing the wallet and phone of a 14-year-old girl at an arcade while she was off-duty.


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