Burglaries at two luxury flats in Kowloon Tong net HK$1.5m

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 October, 2012, 2:51am

Two luxury flats in Kowloon Tong were burgled on the same night and property valued at more than HK$1.5 million taken.

Police received a report of a burglary in an apartment in Dynasty Height, Yin Ping Road, just after 8pm on Sunday. The thieves took HK$500,000 in cash and property.

Nearly an hour later, an apartment in a low-rise building in Begonia Road was broken into and cash and jewellery worth more than HK$1 million stolen.

In both cases the burglars entered the flats through the back door.

The flats are about a 30-minute walk from each other but officers do not believe the cases are related.

The flat in Begonia Road belongs to company manager Law Ching-nam, 47. He went out with his family early on Sunday morning, locking all the doors but did not lock some windows properly, a police officer said.

Law locked all valuables in drawers and his Filipino maid was in the flat, although she went out later. When the maid came back, she noticed the guard on the back door was damaged and there signs of entry.

Among the items taken were 10,000 yuan, US$5,000 cash, a Rolex worth HK$70,000, a Hermes watch valued at HK$10,000, a HK$60,000 Cartier bangle and a three-carat diamond worth HK$400,000. Other jewellery lost included gold ornaments bought to mark the first month of Law's children's lives.

An officer said there was no CCTV or security guard in the three-storey building. Officers were collecting evidence, including fingerprints left at the scene.

The Dynasty Height flat belongs to company director Tam Kin-lap, 52. He found the back door pried open when he returned home that night. Tam lost some jewellery, watches, cash and two toy models valued at HK$40,000. CCTV was installed in the building.

Police recorded 2,824 burglaries in the first eight months of the year, down from 2,906 in the same period a year earlier.