Break-in foiled at home of Jebsen executive

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 February, 2014, 3:37am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 February, 2014, 3:37am

A suspected burglar was stopped in his tracks at the luxury home of the head of MF Jebsen Group in Pok Fu Lam yesterday.

Markus Jebsen, executive chairman of the firm and a direct descendant of Jacob Jebsen - one of the founders of its colonial-era parent company - was in the bathroom at about 12.30pm when his wife returned home to find an uninvited guest in the living room, police said.

The 74-year-old man tried to escape through a window of the Mount Davis Road property, but Jebsen's wife alerted her driver, who was waiting downstairs, and he managed to stop the man, according to police. The intruder, who lives in Aberdeen and has a criminal record, told police he had been hiking but got lost. He was arrested and detained for attempted burglary. No suspicious items were found on him. The couple confirmed nothing had been taken from the three-storey, 7,500 sq ft home. Police believed the man entered the property through the car park.

MF Jebsen was set up in 2002 after the Jebsen Group - founded in 1895 as a shipping agency by Heinrich Jessen and Jacob Jebsen - was restructured. Markus Jebsen joined Jebsen & Co in 1993 and became chairman of MF Jebsen in 2002. Its businesses include travel, insurance and cars - it is the exclusive dealer for Aston Martin in the city.

Meanwhile, half an hour earlier, HK$550,000 worth of jewellery and watches were stolen from a flat in a luxury estate on nearby Sassoon Road, Pok Fu Lam. The tenant, 55, called police shortly before 12pm when he returned home to find his Aegean Terrace flat had been ransacked. A window had been forced open.

Police are investigating whether the two cases are linked.

On January 15, another flat in the same estate was also broken into, with HK$700,000 worth of valuables stolen, including a rare Chopard Mille Miglia watch.