Arrests smash gang stealing milk powder

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 May, 2009, 12:00am

A gang that stole milk power from chain stores across the city and sold it to a Mong Kok pharmacy has been smashed with the arrests of three core members and seizure of 200 cans of powder, police say.

The three were caught after the gang took 20 cans of milk powder from eight stores in 90 minutes on Wednesday, officers said yesterday.

Among them was the owner of the pharmacy, according to senior inspector Leung Kwok-wing of the New Territories South regional crime unit.

He said one was a taxi driver responsible for transporting the gang, and the third entered the shops to steal. 'Each member of the syndicate played different roles such as stealing, acting as lookout, transporting and selling the stolen goods,' he said.

Police said the gang had checked the security at the stores before they made their raids. 'An investigation showed that they took action when plainclothes security guards were away,' a police source said.

Describing their action as fast and well-organised, he said: 'They stole one to three cans of milk powder from each store. They stayed inside each store for one or two minutes.'

Mr Leung said the gang could raid seven or eight stores over a period of one to two hours.

Police are still looking for three or four other gang members. The three were being held for questioning.