Manhunt after smash-and-grab trio make off with HK$440,000 of goods from Tsuen Wan shop

Trio wearing surgical masks break in to store with sledgehammers in latest such incident

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 March, 2014, 4:11pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 March, 2014, 2:48am

Police are hunting for three members of a smash-and-grab gang after they fled with 11 handbags and wallets worth a total of HK$440,000 from a shop in Tsuen Wan.

Wearing surgical masks, the trio smashed their way into the first-floor shop with sledgehammers in the early hours yesterday.

Crime-squad officers are looking into whether the raid - the second smash-and-grab case in six days - is linked to four such cases over the past eight months.

On Sunday, three thieves smashed the display window of a jewellery shop in Tuen Mun and made off with six items worth about HK$275,000. They left behind a sledgehammer and a shopping trolley.

Three similar crimes were committed in Tsim Sha Tsui and Tin Shui Wai between July and December last year.

Yesterday, a guard on patrol at the City Landmark on Chung On Street, Tsuen Wan, called police at about 6.30am after noticing a broken glass door.

"Two three-foot-long sledgehammers and a shopping trolley were found outside the shop," a police spokesman said.

Security cameras captured images of the three men, but their faces were obscured by the masks they wore.

In December, police arrested two of three robbers who tried to steal watches worth HK$9.1 million from a shop on Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. They used a three-foot-long sledgehammer to smash a display window and grabbed 28 watches.

In August, an Oriental Watch outlet at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile in Tsim Sha Tsui lost 240 Tudor watches worth a total of HK$6.5 million in a three-minute smash-and-grab incident. Three raiders left behind a sledgehammer and a shopping trolley.

In July, three raiders using hammers they carried in a shopping trolley made off with HK$500,000 in goods from a jewellery store in Tin Shui Wai.