Millionaire and family hide in bedroom as masked raiders burgle Sai Kung home

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 January, 2014, 4:45am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 January, 2014, 12:21pm

A businessman, his wife, their newborn baby and a babysitter locked themselves in a master bedroom to wait for help when two burglars broke into their luxury house in Sai Kung.

The two masked raiders escaped from the three-storey house at The Cove in Chuk Kok Road empty-handed on Sunday night before officers arrived, police said yesterday.

The house, owned by toy magnate Francis Choi Chi-ming, is just a few hundred metres from another house in the same street from which two burglars stole HK$1.6 million in cash and valuables a week ago.

The raid was the latest in a series of similar burglaries in the past four weeks - including five on the evening of Christmas Day alone - with losses of HK$45,000 to HK$1.6 million.

Crime-squad officers are investigating whether the Chuk Kok Road burglaries were carried out by the same pair.

Shortly before 8.30pm on Sunday, the two men wearing surgical masks entered the house through an unlocked sliding door on the first-floor balcony, according to police.

The babysitter, 54, woke to find the pair searching her living quarters and pretended to be asleep. When they entered her bathroom, she fled.

"She went to the master bedroom and sought help from her employer who locked the bedroom and hid inside to wait for the arrival of police," an officer said.

Her employer, Chan Hon-chung, 33, called police but the two raiders fled before they arrived.

Officers mounted a search but no one was arrested. A police spokeswoman said nothing was stolen.

The two burglars are about 1.65 metres tall, of thin build and were wearing dark clothes.

On Monday night last week, two men broke into the residence of a German businessman in the same street and escaped with HK$1.6 million in cash and valuables.