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Two Hong Kong teenagers detained over charges of theft and vandalism

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two young Hong Kong women allegedly involved in a high profile case of theft and vandalism were placed in detention Monday following their arrest the previous day.

The teenagers are also under investigation for alleged forgery and were found to have overstayed their permits to visit Taiwan, according to Taipei district prosecutors.

The 19-year-old Yao and 18-year-old Tsang will remain in a detention center for foreigners in Yilan pending investigation and trial, if they are indicted, the prosecutors said.

The pair made headlines across Taiwan after they used false identities to rent a room in Taipei, which they allegedly trashed, then stole a television set.

Taiwan police issued a warrant March 12 for the women's arrest and nabbed them Sunday at a low-cost hotel in the southern city of Tainan.

Despite the pair's efforts to disguise themselves by dying their hair, they were identified by the hotel staff, who called the police.

An 'isolated case': Hong Kong Representative Office

The Hong Kong representative office in Taiwan said Monday that the behavior of two young Hong Kong women who have been detained in Taiwan on charges of theft and vandalism was just an “isolated case.”

“Most Hong Kong travelers to Taiwan behave well and obey the local laws,” the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office said in a statement, when asked by CNA to comment on the case.

The office also said it does not think the incident will affect the Taiwanese public's impression of Hong Kong travelers to Taiwan.

The two young Hong Kong women were placed in detention early Monday, following their arrest the previous day for alleged theft and vandalism. Yao, 19, and Tsang, 18, are also under investigation for alleged forgery and were found to have overstayed their permits to visit Taiwan, according to Taipei district prosecutors.

The pair will remain in a detention center for foreigners in Yilan, eastern Taiwan, pending investigation and trial.

The teenagers made headlines across Taiwan after they used false identities to rent a room in Taipei, which they allegedly trashed, then stole a television set.

Taiwan police issued a warrant March 12 for the women's arrest and nabbed them Sunday at a low-cost hotel in the southern city of Tainan.

The pair tried to disguise themselves by dyeing their hair but the hotel staff called the police when the women failed to check out Sunday and were seen as behaving suspiciously.

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