Armed gang robs monastery

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 August, 1998, 12:00am

Three armed robbers robbed staff and a visitor at a New Territories monastery of more than $100,000 yesterday.

The men, one armed with a knife and one with a hammer, confronted three staff and a security guard at the Taoist Wan Fou Sin Koon office in Deep Bay Road, Lau Fau Shan, after 6pm.

After threatening the group - three men, aged 22, 42 and 51, and a woman - the bandits tried to tie them up.

The woman, Ms Wu, was forced to hand over the monastery's cash reserves of $97,000 and $2,000 of her own money. The gang also took a watch, several thousand dollars in cash and a mobile phone from the others.

One of the victims, 22, struggled with the men and received minor injuries.

A 35-year-old visitor to the monastery went to the office as the robbery was under way.

The robbers grabbed her necklace and some cash, then ran away.

The victims chased them, shouting, but turned back after one of the robbers claimed he had a pistol.

The trio were seen driving off in a car.