Two Vietnamese were arrested in separate convenience store thefts on Lai Chi Kok Road in Sham Shui Po during the early hours of Thursday morning.

A 43-year-old woman was arrested for causing criminal damage, assaulting a police officer and theft when she was caught taking a HK$10 (US$1.28) packet of biscuits from a family-run convenience store on 270 Lai Chi Kok Road at midnight, Apple Daily reported. A couple who owned the store called the police.

The woman became emotional, pushed three jars off a shelf and kicked an officer in the lower leg when he tried to stop her.

Four hours later, a Vietnamese man put six cups of instant noodles worth HK$60 (US$7.69) into a plastic bag and walked out of a convenience store in Lai Chi Kok Road, Oriental Daily reported.

An employee stopped the man from leaving and asked him to pay for the noodles, but he just looked at her and she prevented him from leaving until the police arrived. He was arrested for theft and failing to produce proof of identity.

The man was later identified as a torture claimant applicant who had a temporary permit to stay in the city, a preliminary police investigation found.