Police seize record haul of stolen cars

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 June, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 June, 1995, 12:00am

A RECORD 23 stolen cars worth about $5 million were recovered in a raid at a Hunghom cargo handling area yesterday.

'The right-hand drive cars were the biggest single consignment recovered,' said Superintendent Philip Cheng Po-yan from the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau's Division A, specialising in stolen vehicles.

'We are looking for suspects and expect to find more vehicles.' The syndicate had been stealing cars and smuggling them to China for about six months.

He said police would inform mainland authorities in an attempt to locate the contact in China.

The operation on Thursday night, mounted by officers from the bureau and the Anti-smuggling Task Force, netted 11 Honda Accords, seven Toyota Camrys, two BMWs, a Mercedes, an Accura Legend and a Accura Vigor.

The cars were found in seven containers about to be loaded into a Chinese cargo vessel.

No arrests were made in the operation.

Mr Cheng said the stolen vehicles were bound for Shantou, Guangdong, where it is believed they would have been sold for a total of about $2 million.

The cars' paint-work had been scuffed from being stacked on top of each other.

He said the cars had been stolen between April and June .

'We believe the cars were hidden in the New Territories before being transported to Hunghom,' he said.