Police hunt burglar who threatened couple with screwdriver in Sai Kung

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 August, 2014, 6:01pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 August, 2014, 3:41am

A 70-year-old Australian tourist had a screwdriver pressed to his neck in a robbery at a Sai Kung home early yesterday.

He was freed when his wife, 55, handed over an HK$8,000 ring and HK$6,000 in cash to the intruder, police said.

Officers are looking for a 1.75m Chinese man of heavy build, aged about 40, who fled the two-storey home in Ruby Chalet, off Hiram's Highway. He was wearing a cap, white shirt, shorts and carrying a brown backpack.

The Australian couple were staying with a friend, who was home at the time of the robbery, along with her four-year-old son and two domestic helpers.

The man was woken by a noise just after 3am. "He came out of the bedroom and found the man, who pressed a screwdriver against his neck," a police officer said. "His wife then came out to check and the robber shouted 'Money! Money!'"

The woman returned to her bedroom and fetched HK$6,000 from her handbag, which she handed over, along with her ring.

The robber fled and the police were called. "The whole incident lasted a few minutes," the police officer said. About 60 officers combed the area with a sniffer dog. No arrests were made.

The man suffered a minor injury to his hand but did not require medical treatment.

"We believe the robber had tried and failed to break into the house next door," another officer said. Signs of a break-in were found at the neighbouring home.

There were 43 burglaries in Sai Kung in the first six months of this year. Police handled 142 cases for all of last year. "About 40 to 50 per cent of the houses had not installed any security," Sai Kung divisional commander Paul Gordon said, adding patrols would be stepped up in the area.