Manhunt under way after almost HK$1 million stolen from luxury Sha Tin home

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 February, 2014, 1:02pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 February, 2014, 4:22am

Two burglars stole cash and valuables worth almost HK$1 million from a luxury house in the exclusive Kau To Shan area of Sha Tin on Sunday night.

The pair were caught on a surveillance camera on the Windsor Heights estate, where villas sell for more than HK$50 million, a police spokeswoman said. No description of the men was given.

Kau To Shan has become a regular target for burglars, who have also struck frequently in other exclusive neighbourhoods including The Peak, Kowloon Tong, Shouson Hill and Repulse Bay in the last few months.

The break-in was reported by the resident's domestic helper at about 10pm on Sunday, police said. A bedroom window had been pried open and the bedrooms ransacked.

"An initial estimate shows HK$500,000 in cash was stolen from the premises, together with two luxury watches and a ring worth a total of HK$430,000," a police spokeswoman said.

The helper's employer, businessman Ngan Wai-ming, 53, was in Macau over the weekend.

The helper "felt unwell and was resting in her ground-floor bedroom" on Sunday and had last checked the bedrooms the previous night, a police source said. Ngan returned home after learning of the break-in.

The home was purchased by Wedex International, of which Ngan is a director, for HK$37.3 million in 1998, Land Registry records show.

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Crime-squad officers from Sha Tin police are investigating.

The case was one of three burglaries on Sunday.

A 30-year-old woman returned to her house in Sha Kong Wai village, Tin Shui Wai, to find it had been burgled.

Cash and valuables worth an estimated HK$135,000 were taken, police say.

Jewellery with an estimated value of HK$120,000 was reported stolen from a flat in Electric Road, North Point. A 68-year-old woman notified the police at about 9.30pm on Sunday.

In the fourth incident, nine watches worth a reported HK$500,000 were stolen from a flat in Yik Kwan Avenue, Happy Valley. A 29-year-old woman reported the break-in to police at about 1.30pm yesterday.

The number of burglaries reported across the city has decreased since 2010.

Police figures show reports of burglary decreased by 15 per cent to 3,573 last year from 4,214 in 2012. There were 4,383 reported burglaries in 2011 and 4,543 in 2010.