Hong Kong police are searching for a woman who allegedly stole HK$2,700 (US$344) from the wallet of a 60-year-old man after luring him to a flat in Kowloon for massage services.
Police on Thursday said the man was approached by the woman, in her 30s, on Ki Lung Street in Sham Shui Po a day earlier at around 9pm and taken to a first-floor flat in a nearby building, where he received massage services.
About 30 minutes later, the woman claimed she had to leave because of a personal emergency, with the victim discovering after she left that HK$2,700 had been stolen from his wallet, the force added.
The man contacted police following the incident. Officers searched the area but no arrest was made.
The woman is 1.5 metres (4.9 feet) tall, has long hair and is of medium build. She was wearing a dark-coloured dress and a pair of white sneakers at the time of the incident.
In July, two women stole gold necklaces worth HK$96,000 in total from two elderly men in Sham Shui Po and Tsuen Wan after promising sex or massage services during a No 8 typhoon signal.
In a similar incident on June 27, a 79-year-old man was lured to a Cheung Sha Wan flat with the promise of massage services. His HK$30,000 Rolex watch and a HK$500 ring were stolen.
Earlier this year, the city saw a spate of crimes involving elderly men being lured by women with the promise of massages or sex, before having valuables such as luxury watches and gold necklaces stolen.
There were at least nine cases in February, mostly involving elderly men. Three of the incidents were reported in Sham Shui Po, while the others occurred in the New Territories.
Police arrested a couple from the mainland on February 22 on suspicion of stealing HK$3,000 from an elderly man after he was lured to a subdivided flat in Sham Shui Po with the promise of sex.