Four thieves posed as maintenance technicians to steal a cashpoint machine from a shopping centre, a court heard yesterday. Tsang Hing-kong, 20, pleaded guilty to theft before District Court judge Fergal Sweeney and admitted he was paid $50,000 for his role in the robbery. His three accomplices have not been brought to justice. Prosecutor Salim Hoosen told the court an Aeon Credit Company automatic teller machine (ATM) in Sheung Shui Plaza was stolen on the night of June 25 last year. A fast-food shop employee told police he had seen four men in dark blue overalls, with the words 'Aeon Maintenance Department' printed on the back, leaving the arcade pushing the ATM, which had $389,000 in it, on a trolley. Police found four forged Aeon staff cards at the scene, all with Tsang's photograph on them, Mr Hoosen said. Tsang was arrested on November 26. He admitted to police that he played a minor role in the robbery and had already spent his cut repaying debts and on gambling. Judge Sweeney adjourned the case until April 5 for sentencing.