A solicitor who tried to leave the Central Library with reference materials in his bag was acquitted of theft yesterday after he said he borrowed them to save money on photocopying. Chan Suk-ching, 27, had pleaded not guilty to one count of theft. He was arrested in May after a security guard caught him walking out of the library with a study manual for the Licensing Examination for Securities and Futures Intermediaries and a paper - reference-only materials that could not be removed. Magistrate Timothy Casewell in Eastern Court acquitted Chan of the charge after the prosecution failed to prove he had wanted to steal the documents. The librarian who found the study manual for Chan told the court he had left his name, identity card number, telephone number and library card number to borrow the materials. Mr Casewell said somebody intending theft would not have left such information. After an alarm went off, Chan told a security guard he was taking the materials to a nearby photocopying shop to make cheaper copies, the court heard. Chan was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in February last year, according to the Law Society.