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New Territories police hunt robbers who stole HK$15.5m worth of electronic components

Robbers hijacked delivery truck and threatened driver with axes

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 September, 2013, 1:26pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 September, 2013, 2:47pm

Police are looking for two robbers who hijacked a truck and made off with HK$15.5 million worth of electronic components after threatening its driver with axes in the New Territories on Monday night.

The hold-up happened when the 50-year-old driver, surnamed Chan, pulled over at an oil-filling station in Lok Ma Chau at about 7pm on Monday.

A man wearing a cap boarded the truck and forced the truck driver to drive to Yuen Long, according to police.

When they reached the junction of San Tin Highway and Fairview Boulevard in Yuen Long, another man boarded the vehicle.

“The robbers threatened the driver with axes before blindfolding and tying him up,” a police spokeswoman said.

The truck was abandoned near Tuen Mun Town Plaza in Tuen Hi Road, Tuen Mun, where the driver was able to untie himself.

He sought help from a security guard who called police at 11.59pm on Monday.

Chan told police that he did not know whether the goods had been unloaded in Tuen Mun or at another location.

The victim complained of feeling unwell and was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment.

Police said 31 boxes of electronic components worth US$2 million (HK$15.5 million) were stolen and the driver’s satchel containing his mobile phone was also robbed.

The two robbers are thought to be aged around 30, and were described as wearing light-blue shirts at the time of the robbery.

Detectives from the New Territories North regional crime unit are investigating. So far, no arrests have been made.

Police statistics show that the number of robberies dropped by 20 per cent to 255 in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year.



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