Macau (MNA) – A man from mainland China claims he was victim of a theft case in a hotel room causing him the loss of some HK$870,000 in cash, the Judiciary Police (PJ) announced in a press conference on Monday.
It has been reported that the suspect, aged 20, and who is the nephew of the victim, reserved the uncle a hotel room after learning that he was visiting Macau for gambling on May 13.
After checking in, both the suspect and the victim left the hotel room one after the other.
The victim claimed he had left his backpack in the hotel room before returning to head to the gaming area.
However, the victim could not find his backpack when he returned to the room at around midnight, claiming he immediately suspected his nephew.
The suspect left the city after he stole the backpack and was arrested by the police today, May 21, upon his return to Macau.
The defendant said he only saw a total amount of HK$200,000 in cash in the backpack and that he had already lost HK$170,000 in gambling.
“The victim claimed that there was HK$870,000 in cash inside the backpack, but the suspect said there was only HK$20,000. We still need to conduct further investigation on the exact amount and will update the public with further details.” said PJ’s spokesperson Lei Hon Nei.
The suspect is facing charges of aggravated theft and his case is now being transferred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]