Pair held on suspicion of robbing drunks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 May, 2007, 12:00am

Two men were arrested yesterday in connection with robberies from drinkers in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Police said the pair, aged 28 and 37, were caught searching an intoxicated man as he slept in Granville Road at about 4am. They had been put under surveillance after officers saw them acting suspiciously.

They were arrested minutes later as they searched a 23-year-old man, who had fallen asleep on a bench.

Police said there were several similar cases last month in Chatham Road South, Centenary Garden, Kimberley Road and Carnarvon Road.

One man had his property stolen after falling asleep in his car.

An investigator said the culprits were believed to have followed intoxicated people.

'As their target took a rest or fell asleep in the street or in a car, the culprits posed as good citizens offering to help,' the investigator said.

'If their target made no response, they searched his body and stole property.'

Police said no weapons had been used in the robberies and no injuries caused. The arrests were made by plainclothes officers from a team targeting opportunistic thefts.

Detectives are investigating whether the two suspects are linked with recent muggings in the district.

Last night, the pair were still being questioned at Tsim Sha Tsui police station and no charges had been made.