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Gotcha! Police nab tour guide who loved luxury luggage

September 3, 2013 Airport, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59Designer luggage is an asset for any traveller, but it’s not enough to carry a prestigious brand. To remain within the law, the luggage must also be your own property.

That seems to be the moral of a curious story to emerge from Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper, which reports that police at Chek Lap Kok international airport have caught a luggage thief with a passion for German-brand Rimowa suitcases. Rimowa suitcases

When a police probe into luggage thefts led them to raid the home of a tour guide for Wing On Travel, they found 13 Rimowa suitcases stashed away there, the newspaper reported.

“The suspect is a local tour leader. We suspect he took advantage of his frequent business trips and stole luggage at the airport’s baggage collection hall when returning to Hong Kong,” a police officer told the paper.

The suspect did not keep all the suitcases himself. It seems that some were sold on the internet – and that could be the key to the case, so to speak. Police think that the particular German brand of suitcase was targeted not so much out of brand loyalty but simply because each can be sold online for plenty of money. European prestige goods, from Mercedes cars to designer jewellery, are in big demand throughout much of Asia.

As for any valuables found inside the suitcases, the thief regarded them simply as “a bonus”, the officer said.

Police began their investigation after a sharp rise in baggage thefts at Hong Kong’s international airport this year.

Written by : Peter Needham

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