Hijackers net $26m mobile phones haul

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 November, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 November, 2001, 12:00am

A gang of robbers stole Nokia mobile phone components worth $26 million yesterday after hijacking a cross-border lorry in a daylight raid.

The lorry was sandwiched between two cars at the junction of Yuen Long On Lok Road and Long Yip Street after leaving nearby Yuen Long Trading Centre in Wang Yip Street West at about midday.

'Two men wielding knives jumped out from a grey car behind the lorry and approached it. They smashed the windows and threatened the driver with knives,' said Senior Superintendent Albert Kwok Cho-kuen, of New Territories North regional crime unit.

'They jumped into the lorry, bound and blindfolded the driver and then dragged him into the rear passenger seat before driving it away.' The lorry crossed into the opposite lane and collided with a goods van before being driven off.

The van driver wrote down the licence plate of the lorry on his forearm and reported it to police.

The grey car, reported stolen in Sheung Shui on Wednesday, was abandoned at the scene.

The lorry was taken to a stretch of open ground in Wong Uk Tsuen, Yuen Long - about 1km away - where police believe another lorry and about 10 men were waiting.

Forty-one boxes of phone parts were unloaded on to the second lorry before it drove off. The hijacked lorry and a second car, which also had been reported stolen, were abandoned.

The phone parts had been collected from Nokia's godown in the Yuen Long Trading Centre and were scheduled to be transported to Dongguan.