Taxi driver makes off with HK$90,000 worth of passenger’s belongings

The theft victim, surnamed Siu, demonstrates how she tried to stop a taxi getting away with her belongings. Screengrab via Apple Daily.

Police are on the look out for a taxi driver who made off with HK$90,000 (US$11,500) worth of a passenger’s belongings even as she stood in front of his cab in an attempt to stop him from getting away.

The female passenger surnamed Siu told Apple Daily the incident happened on Monday evening when a red-topped taxi picked her up from Yau Ma Tei’s Temple Street and dropped her off at her home at the Mei Tin Estate in Tai Wai.

Siu said she was meeting friends for dinner and was carrying a Chanel handbag, a Louis Vuitton purse, an iPhone 8, and a bag of fruit. She was sitting in the back seat of the cab and placed her belongings next to her.

She said arrived in Tai Wai at about 7:40pm and, as she paid the driver, the fruits fell out of her bag and onto the street.

Siu, who reenacted the scene for Apple Daily by using a nearby taxi, demonstrated how, as she exited the vehicle to pick up the fruit, the driver closed the passenger doors and refused to reopen them.

She said she banged on the taxi, yelled that her belongings were still inside and even tried to block its path, but to no avail, as the taxi did a u-turn and drove off.

No one has been arrested yet, and police only started treating the incident as a serious case of theft after Siu complained that officers had initially classified it as a matter of lost property.

No arrests have been made yet.

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