US sailor fined for CD thefts
A sailor among the 6,500 US navy personnel on port call in Hong Kong was fined $2,000 yesterday for shoplifting CDs and DVDs.
The crew member, 23, whose name was given as M. Cameron, appeared in Western Court charged with one count of theft.
The court heard that a plain-clothes security guard at an HMV store in Pedder Street, Central, saw Cameron putting two CDs and two DVDs into a plastic bag at the counter before leaving without paying at 1.58pm on Tuesday.
An alarm went off when he left the shop and he was caught by the security guard, who called the police. Cameron pleaded guilty yesterday.
The sailor was among the crew members of the USS Constellation and its six-ship battle group, which arrived in Hong Kong on Monday and leaves on Saturday.
US Consulate spokeswoman Barbara Zigli said the sailor had been barred from leaving his ship and would be subjected to the US code of military justice.