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Two Filipina helpers on stealing spree in Causeway Bay mall plead guilty

24 November 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The 2 Pinay DHs took items from branded outlets in Sogo without paying

Two Filipina friends who went shopping without paying on Nov 7 in Sogo department store in Causeway Bay pleaded guilty today in Eastern Court to four counts of theft.

Domestic helpers K.C. Cagaanan, 31, and J. Cacacho, 39, who were on bail, admitted the offenses today, Nov 24, before Magistrate Bina Chainrai.

The magistrate convicted them and scheduled their sentencing for Dec 8 pending a background report. She ordered them remanded into custody until that date.

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The duty lawyer assigned to the two pleaded for leniency, saying both defendants had pleaded guilty, were remorseful and had clear records.

The lawyer said Cagaanan, who came to Hong Kong in 2017 to work for a family in Chong Yip Centre, Sai Wan, was fired by her employers after the incident.

Cacacho, who was accompanied to the court by her female employer from Metro City in Tseung Kwan O, had a letter from the employer stating she was reliable, honest and had  never stolen money from the family, the lawyer said.

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When the lawyer said the six items they stole were just a few pieces of garments, Chainrai rebuked him, saying the value of the stolen goods was more than $5,000 and that the offenses were a joint enterprise and premeditated.

The prosecution said that at 5:40pm on Nov 7, a male plainclothes guard of Sogo saw Cagaanan and Cacacho enter the Calvin Klein Jeans shop on the third floor of the mall.

The guard allegedly saw Cagaanan take a black backpack from the shelf and the two left the shop without paying for the item. The guard followed them and saw Cagaanan put the stolen item in a pink bag and gave it to Cacacho, who tore off its price tag.


Cagaanan then went to a Fila shop on the fourth floor and bought a pair of sport shoes. She then took a blue long-sleeved T-shirt and left without paying. The guard allegedly saw her put the shirt in a paper bag containing the shoes and handed it to her friend.

The pair then went to the third floor. Caganaan went to a Tommy Jeans shop where she allegedly took a gray sweater, one blue and one black long-sleeved T-shirts, then left without paying. She put the shirts in a white shopping bag which she gave to Cacacho.

From there they entered another Calvin Klein Jeans shop where Cacacho allegedly took a black T-shirt before they left. She then put the shirt in the white bag.

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The guard intercepted the two as they left at 6:18pm. He checked their bags and found all the six unpaid items. He called the police and the two were arrested.

At the police station, they admitted the offenses around 8:30pm, the prosecutor said, adding the total value of the stolen goods was $5,830. They were charged with theft.



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