Six children held over toy thefts

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 August, 2006, 12:00am

A toy shop in Tseung Kwan O was targeted by shoplifters twice in the space of four hours yesterday by at least six children as young as eight.

Four boys aged eight to 10 were spotted by staff in Toys 'R' Us at the Metro City shopping centre in Mau Yip Road taking two boxes of models valued at $180 from a shelf and leaving the shop without paying.

They were intercepted as they handed the goods to two boys outside the shop.

Some 3? hours later staff found empty toy boxes on the floor. They later stopped a girl, 11, and a boy, eight, after the pair had passed through the checkout counter with toys worth over $200. They were handed to police for questioning.

Police said one of two eight-year-olds had minor injuries on his arms and legs. He was taken to Tseung Kwan O Hospital.

Last night Toys 'R' Us said the toys stolen in the first case were action figures from the Japanese live action series, Aba Rangers, currently showing in Hong Kong.

Chief Superintendent Law Ping-kuen, of Kwun Tong district police, said: 'As the minimum age of criminal responsibility is 10, no prosecution action can be taken ... But we will discuss the case with their parents and also inform the Social Welfare Department.'