OFW Loses Remittance Money to Street Theft in Hong Kong

A Filipino domestic worker on her way to send money to her family in the Philippines became the latest of a female pickpocket who operates in a narrow, crowded street in Hong Kong, a report by The SUN said.

A CCTV footage captured the thief opening the back of Mary Jane Santiago Olivar and stealing her wallet on Sunday, November 4. The video was shared on social media, with the culprit believed to be a fellow Filipina, and drew outrage from OFWs and netizens alike.

“Hindi ako naka-remit, ihuhulog ko pa lang sa account ko (ang pera),” Olivar told The SUN, of the HK$4,000 she lost in the incident. Olivar added that she passed through Li Yuen Street East in Central, popularly known to Filipinos as “Alley-Alley 2” at 7:44pm to buy biscuits and coffee at a grocery store before returning to her employer’s home in Happy Valley.

The wallet was later found by another worker on a street in Central who knew Olivar’s sister as they both lived in Yuen Long, and gave it to her. The wallet only had Olivar’s HKID and ATM card, but her Octopus card was taken along with the cash.

The pickpocket remains at large and has been confirmed by the police as a “wanted person”. Anyone who knows her can report her to the police.

Most of the comments condemned the pickpocket, saying she was shaming her fellow Filipinos because of what she did. Others were furious at her for victimizing people who worked hard for their money.

In a police statement, Olivar said she only noticed her bag was open and wallet missing moments later. She immediately returned to the grocery store and requested to review the CCTV footage. It was then discovered that a woman in a pink jacket just behind her was unzipping her bag as Olivar was heading towards Des Voeux Road, Central.

The victim posted the CCTV footage on Facebook and requested anyone who has seen it and knows the pickpocket to inform the police so they could arrest her.

“Panawagan sa mga kababayan natin dito, kung pwede makipag-ooperate naman kung sino man nakakilala sa babaeng ito na ituro siya dahil andami na niya nabiktima at malaya pang mabibiktima sa mga susunod,” one of Olivar’s friends commented on the post.