The president of FedEx Express Asia-Pacific is the latest corporate high-flier to fall victim to burglars after his Shek O home was broken into yesterday.
David Cunningham is overseas with his family and expected to return to Hong Kong next week, so it is not known what was stolen.
But police said a safe had been prised open and the master bedroom of the two-storey house on Shek O Road ransacked. A domestic helper discovered the break-in at about 10.30am.
"The safe had been prised open and it is believed jewellery was taken from it," an officer said.
Police believe burglars broke in via a bathroom window on the first floor. Officers searched the area but no arrests were made.
Cunningham joined FedEx in 1982 and has been the head of its Asia-Pacific division since 1999. The Shek O house is owned by The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, a spokeswoman for the firm said.
Separately, Sai Kung residents handed a petition to police at their headquarters in Wan Chai yesterday, demanding patrols be stepped up in the district.
It came after a 70-year-old Australian tourist had a screwdriver pressed to his neck in a robbery at a Sai Kung house on Monday. He was freed when his wife gave the intruder her HK$8,000 ring and HK$6,000 in cash.
There have been a number of raids on luxury homes this year. Last Tuesday, an antique vase, and US$300 and HK$500 in cash were stolen from the home of shipping magnate Antony Marden on The Peak.
The biggest raid was in February, when five-carat diamond earrings worth HK$7 million and HK$1.7 million in cash and valuables were stolen from the Sai Kung home of a Taiwanese businesswoman.
There were 29 burglaries with property worth HK$500,000 or more stolen in the first six months of this year - compared with 21 cases a year ago. But the total number was down by over 18 per cent in the first six months.