Boys held in robbery

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 February, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 February, 2001, 12:00am

Brothers aged seven and 11 were woken by a burglar and held at knifepoint in front of their parents as $226,000 in cash and valuables were stolen from their Kowloon Tong flat yesterday.

The two boys were woken when the burglar entered their bedroom in the second-floor flat in Village Gardens, Fa Po Street, at 6.30am.

'The two boys were forced at knifepoint to lead the robber to their parents' bedroom and knock on the door,' a police officer said. 'When their parents answered the door and discovered their two boys were being threatened with a knife, the couple surrendered their valuables.

'The culprit ordered the elder boy to accompany him from the building, while his parents were told to wait behind. The boy was freed on the ground-floor lobby.'

The boys' mother, 37, called police after her son returned. No one was hurt.

The burglar escaped with four watches worth $200,000, a diamond ring, two pairs of earrings, a mobile phone and $9,000 in cash. He was described as about 40, 1.6 metres tall and wearing a black jacket and dark-coloured trousers.

The knife was later found abandoned in a flowerbed outside the building.

Police believe the robber climbed on to the balcony of the flat and went to kitchen, where he took the knife.