Thieves target wealthy street

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 March, 2011, 12:00am

Police have stepped up patrols and are warning Sai Kung residents to be more aware of security after the fourth home robbery in the past three months.

Three burglars broke into a luxury house in Fei Ngo Shan early yesterday and escaped with cash, valuables and ginseng worth HK$300,000.

Crime squad officers from Kwun Tong are investigating whether the four cases are linked.

In the latest incident, the intruders broke into the three-storey house in Flamingo Garden, Fei Wan Road, at about 4am and confronted the owner, Ng So-kam, 62, and her husband in the master bedroom.

They threatened the pair with a knife before running out of the house. The couple were not injured. Ng's mother and grandson and the family's two domestic helpers were also at home asleep at the time.

The house had a security system but it was not working at the time. 'We are investigating whether the residents forgot to turn the system on or it was broken,' an officer said.

Investigations indicated the three raiders, who wore gloves, climbed a wall into the backyard and prised open a glass door to enter the ground-floor living room, police said.

They then ransacked the living room before going into the master bedroom on the second floor, where they were surprised by the couple.

'They threatened the pair with a knife and then ran out of the house with the stolen property,' the officer said.

They escaped with HK$15,000 in cash, two boxes of ginseng, luxury watches and gold ornaments.

Ng called police after the intruders fled, but a search failed to find the culprits, described as Cantonese-speaking and about 1.7 metres tall.

The officer said it was the fourth such burglary in the exclusive area of Fei Wan Road, and the targets were homes of wealthy people. Ng bought the house in 2002 for HK$18 million.

'In the previous cases, the alarm systems were not turned on or there was no security system,' the officer said.

On February 4, four burglars broke into another luxury house in Flamingo Garden, owned by a wealthy businessman. The masked robbers were disturbed by the family's four domestic helpers, who scuffled with them. The robbers escaped with a notebook computer, a mobile phone and 2,000 yuan (HK$2,360).

Burglaries rose by 12.6 per cent to 410 in January from 364 in the same period last year, police figures show.