Police suspect burglary gang behind recent raids

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 12:00am

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Police are investigating possible links between a gang that stole almost HK$500,000 in jewellery and cash from a flat in Aberdeen and the culprits in a break-in at the home of a senior police officer.

Crime-squad officers believe the gang of four burglars could also be linked to a HK$5 million raid on the Tseung Kwan O home of a well-known Taiwanese musician, Liu Jia-chang, last month.

Two men were arrested while fleeing the scene of Tuesday's break-in in Aberdeen, but two members of the gang remain at large.

'They appear to be professional burglars,' a police officer said. 'We believe they had hit a number of targets before [Tuesday's] raid.'

Police believe the gang target luxury apartments, and stake out their targets before the raid.

The four arrived at Beaconsfield Court in Shouson Hill Road shortly before 4pm on Tuesday. One of them, disguised as a McDonald's deliveryman, went to check that the home was empty. The other three then entered the second-floor flat.

But while ransacking the flat, they were disturbed by a 26-year-old man living there. They attacked him with a crowbar and locked him in a bedroom before making off with HK$460,000 in cash and jewellery from drawers.

But they were forced to abandon a safe containing HK$500,000 in cash and valuables after the resident called police and gave chase as the gang fled in two vehicles - a Mercedes-Benz car and a delivery van.

Police intercepted the car in Nam Fung Road, but one of the three men inside it escaped on foot. More than HK$100,000 in cash and jewellery was recovered from the car.

Last night, two local men aged 31 and 38 were being held for questioning. No charges had been laid.

It was the latest in a spate of burglaries across the city, including a break-in at the Kowloon Tong flat of Assistant Police Commissioner Vincent Wong Fook-chuen, who was away in Britain on pre-retirement leave. The thieves took more than HK$4 million worth of jewellery and cash from a safe.

On April 2, a safe containing HK$5 million in cash and jewellery was stolen from Liu's luxury home in Tseung Kwan O.