'Hole-in-the-wall' gang may be back in business as Hung Hom shop is robbed

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 January, 2014, 5:09am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 January, 2014, 9:30am

A "hole-in-the-wall" gang of thieves which burrows through shop walls may be back in action.

In the latest case, burglars cut through a wall into a shop storeroom in Ma Tau Wai Road, Hung Hom, and stole HK$350,000 worth of bird's nest and cordyceps, a traditional Chinese ingredient made from a fungus, as well as HK$5,000 in cash.

The theft was discovered when the shopkeeper arrived to open up at 8am yesterday. Police said they did not know if the break-in was linked to similar cases last year.

In October, jade jewellery worth HK$600,000 was stolen from a shop in Ho Pui Street, Tseun Wan. A hole had been cut through a wall from a vacant store next door.

In August, a Kwun Tong shop lost cash and dried seafood worth HK$860,000 after thieves drilled a hole through a wall from an alley.

Meanwhile, a series of burglaries at luxury homes continued on Saturday night, when jewellery and watches worth HK$327,000 were stolen from a house in Ma Yau Tong Village in Tseung Kwan O.

The resident notified police after returning home and discovering that a window in the study had been wrenched open and her bedroom ransacked.

The theft follows a series of high-profile break-ins. A Department of Justice official and the uncle of international film star Jean-Claude Van Damme both reported thefts on Friday, while two men appeared in court last week accused of breaking into a home owned by Sasa International chairman Kwok Siu-ming.