Would-be bread thief tries to eat the evidence in Sheung Wan cake shop
Danny Lee and Emily Tsang
A woman was being questioned by police last night after an incident at a Sheung Wan cake shop.
When staff at a Maxim's outlet in the Shun Tak Centre tried to stop the 62-year-old from leaving with 20 bread rolls she had not paid for, the woman began frantically eating the rolls.
Attempts to get the woman to pay a HK$28 bill for eating three rolls were unsuccessful.
The woman then allegedly lashed out at staff. One staff member required treatment in hospital after suffering stomach pain.
A security guard called the police. The woman resisted attempts by a female police officer to subdue her.
The officer, who was left with a sore face after the incident, was taken to hospital.
Witnesses said the woman continued trying to eat the rolls throughout the incident.
After finally being subdued, the woman said she felt unwell. She was taken by ambulance to Queen Mary Hospital. A police spokeswoman said the woman was later arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, common assault, and theft.