CRIME

HK$3m burglary at top banker's Happy Valley flat among spate of break-ins

Raid in Happy Valley was among a spate of break-ins at luxury flats on HK Island

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 November, 2013, 6:21am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 November, 2013, 8:56am

Cash and valuables worth more than HK$3 million were stolen from the Happy Valley home of a top banker on Saturday - the fourth burglary from a luxury Hong Kong Island flat in just two days.

Zhu Yong, 58, returned to his flat in United Mansion on Shiu Fai Terrace at about 10pm to discover that a window had been wrenched open.

Zhu, a senior bank executive, then found that his safe had been cracked. Eight Patek Philippe watches, some jewellery and 30,000 yuan (HK$37,900) in cash had been stolen.

The total value of the stolen goods was about HK$3.4 million, police said.

Police officers later retrieved a pillowcase containing some watch boxes, two jade bracelets and a pearl necklace - worth about HK$100,000 in total - from a hillside behind the building. No one has been arrested.

A Filipino maid working for a household living in the building said there were no concerns about security.

"The estate management has strengthened the level of security after a few burglary cases were reported in the area," she said. "I'm not worried at all."

The burglary was the second in Happy Valley in as many days. At about 11pm on Friday, prominent structural engineer Cheng Yan-kee found a window of his Stubbs Road flat open and called police. Nine watches worth HK$100,000, jewellery worth HK$700,000 and HK$18,000 in cash were taken.

Two other luxury homes on the island were burgled in the early hours of Saturday.

At about 1.30am, watches and jewellery worth HK$37,000 were stolen from a flat on Peak Road, where a balcony door was found to have been prised open.

Later, at about 4am, HK$8,000 in cash and a ring worth HK$20,000 were stolen from an apartment on Shouson Hill Road in Aberdeen.

A police spokesman said: "The police treat burglary cases seriously. A public education campaign has been organised with the district councils on this issue."

 

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