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Hong Kongers who trashed rented room apprehended
Central News Agency
2014-03-16 06:48 PM
Taipei, March 16 (CNA) Two young women from Hong Kong were arrested in Tainan Sunday on suspicion of theft and vandalism related to their rental of a room in Taipei earlier in the week. Prosecutors in Taipei identified the women by their last names. The 19-year-old Yao and 18-year-old Tsang made headlines across Taiwan after they used false identities to rent a room in Taipei which they allegedly trashed and filled with graffiti before stealing a television set, causing police to put out a warrant for their arrest Wednesday. Police apprehended the two at a low-cost hotel room in the southern city of Tainan which they also managed to deface. Hotel staff called police when the women, described as suspicious, failed to check out Sunday. Yao and Tsang had died their heir flamboyant colors -- purple and gold, respectively -- and allegedly tried to pass themselves off as Taiwanese when checking in, a claim that staff found odd due to their Hong Kong accents. Tainan police said the two were taken to a nearby police station after confirming their identities. When questioned, the two reportedly said they had planned to spend the rest of their money and then commit suicide. Police said they found a total of around US$330 in new Taiwan dollars, Hong Kong dollars and Chinese yuan on the women before handing them over to Taipei prosecutors. (By Liu Shih-yi, Chang Jung-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu)
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