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Crime in Hong Kong

Teddy bear ‘kidnapped’ from selfie hotspot in Landmark shopping centre in Hong Kong

CCTV footage showed two suspects took bear from Christmas installation at Landmark shopping centre in Central

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 December, 2017, 5:31pm
UPDATED : Friday, 29 December, 2017, 8:01pm

In a plot line that could be lifted straight from current cinema blockbuster Paddington 2 , a teddy bear was “abducted” from a Christmas installation in a high-end Hong Kong mall – but has since been recovered unharmed.

Police received a report about the disappearance of the soft toy from the selfie hotspot at the Landmark mall in Central after a security guard spotted the 30cm-tall bear had vanished.

Much like the more famous bear from deepest, darkest Peru, this teddy also sported a red hat. It had been stood next to a girl figurine.

Closed-circuit television footage showed two women had taken the bear.

Mallgoers were left shocked at the audacious theft.

One woman, who gave her name as Lam and had taken a selfie next to the bear just before Christmas, said: “It is incredible. Why did they take it away?”

Police found the little bear near the shopping centre and reclassified the case from theft to a request for help.

HongKong Land, which owns the mall, declined to comment.