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Man arrested after tricking MTR ticket machines out of HK$88,000

The man, who was arrested on Wednesday, is believed to have tricked the ticketing machines by using a HK$100 note

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 September, 2016, 8:02am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 September, 2016, 8:02am

A man has been arrested for stealing more than HK$80,000 in cash from ticket machines in a number of MTR stations.

The 52-year-old jobless man was said to have used HK$100 banknotes to cheat the machines into giving him change for a purchased ticket, without spending the HK$100.

Police said he had been doing the trick for more than a month, pocketing about HK$88,000 from the machines in about 20 stations.

He was caught committing the offence on security cameras.

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He was arrested on Wing Lok Street near Sheung Wan Station at about 5pm on Wednesday.

In a search at a guest house room he lived at on Reclamation Street in Mong Kok, investigators picked up some clothes.

The man was detained and Sau Mau Ping District Crime Squad was investigating.

An MTR spokeswoman said abnormalities were found in the transaction records of the machines during regular checks. It believed that their operations had been disturbed.

The railway operator called the police on September 7.

The spokeswoman would not comment further as the case was under police investigation.