Labourer held over series of restaurant burglaries

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 February, 2012, 12:00am


A labourer arrested during a break-in at one of the city's top restaurants on Monday was responsible for 10 other burglaries in the area, police say.

Officers seized three stolen safes and HK$49,000 during a raid on the man's Yuen Long home yesterday.

The 10 burglaries since September involved five other restaurants and a frozen meat shop in Yuen Long, an officer said. A total of HK$170,000 in cash and valuables was stolen.

Senior Inspector Poon Ka-yui of the district crime squad said a Korean restaurant was targeted four times.

'Wire and tools were stolen from the restaurant when it was being decorated,' Poon said. 'It was raided another three times and thousands of dollars were stolen each time.'

The suspect, 31, appeared to have targeted premises without a security guard, police said.

The burglaries were all carried out shortly after midnight near the suspect's home, Poon said.

'Our investigation found a hydraulic jack or circle-glass cutter was used to break the rear door or window to gain access,' he said. 'A trolley was also used to ferry stolen safes to his home if he was unable to prise them open at the crime scene.'

The culprit wore a face mask to hide his identity from surveillance cameras and gloves to avoid leaving his fingerprints, Poon said.

The labourer was arrested at 1.30am on Monday after he broke into the Hoi Tin Garden restaurant in Yau San Street, Yuen Long. He was found with more than HK$2,000 and tools including a hydraulic jack. He was still being questioned last night.