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Three schoolgirls, aged 10 to 12, arrested for allegedly stealing HK$5 million in diamond jewellery

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Three schoolgirls were arrested in Hong Kong on Tuesday for their suspected involvement in the theft of HK$5 million worth of diamond jewelry from a 39-year-old woman. 

The arrests came after the victim, who works in an investment bank, filed a police report Monday night, saying that two diamond necklaces and one diamond bracelet that were supposed to be in her handbag had gone missing. After making inquiries, the police arrested a 10-year-old girl and two of her school friends, both 12, in connection with the case. All the three were charged with theft.

According to reports, the 39-year-old woman had in January moved into the home of a friend, a divorced man working as a hair stylist, after the woman had fought with her husband. The man’s 10-year-old daughter, however, did not like the guest and has had a tense relationship with the woman, with quarrels taking place from time to time at the apartment in Lower Wong Tai Sin (II) Estate. The theft of the jewelry came against this backdrop. When questioned by police about whereabouts of the missing pieces of jewelry, the teen admitted to stealing the items and said she had thrown them away somewhere in the street. But she later changed her story, admitting that she had given the stolen jewelry to her school friends, according to hk01.com.

Police officers searched the home of the 12-year-old girl who was first arrested, but are yet to recover the stolen items. The 10-year-old girl and one of the friends have been placed under detention after the arrests, while the third suspect was granted bail and asked to report to police in early May. The crime squad of Wong Tai Sin Police District is investigating the case and still searching for the missing jewelry.

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This is very sad, stealing at this young age, and stealing expensive items too, sigh....

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that is not good. I can't believe the schoolgirls would do things like this. they just ruined their future by getting arrested for doing things like this

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The question is how to teach kids not to steal.  I think it is the responsibility of the parents and teachers.

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that is not good. I can't the kids would be brave to do things like this. they just risk their life chances. the parents should teach them more carefully.

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