Dad thought he had theft plan in the bag...

A Hong Kong man was arrested after allegedly hiding his 12-year-old son in a suitcase stowed on a bus - hoping the child could climb out in the luggage compartment to steal from other bags, a newspaper said on Friday.

The Wen Wei Po newspaper reported that the man was caught on Tuesday at a checkpoint in the Chinese border city of Shenzhen after police noticed he was acting strangely.

Mainland authorities opened the suitcase and found the boy along with a flashlight, a screwdriver and a mobile phone. News reports did not identify the man or say what authorities did with the boy.

A mainland official at the checkpoint, who identified himself only as You, said on Friday he had no information about the case.

The bus was bound from Hong Kong's airport to Guangzhou, the capital of neighbouring Guangdong province, Wen Wei Po and other newspapers reported. - Sapa-AP

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