Hong Kong police hunt man who snatched jade bracelets worth HK$800,000 from shop

The English-speaking suspect wore a black cap and windbreaker, as well as grey trousers

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 January, 2017, 5:57pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 January, 2017, 5:57pm

Police are searching for an English-speaking man who stole a pair of jade bracelets worth HK$800,000 from a jewellery shop in Yau Ma Tei on Tuesday afternoon.

The man posed as a shopper and entered the Canton Road jewellery store shortly before 1.30pm, according to police.

A police spokeswoman said the man asked to see a pair of jade bracelets, then snatched it and fled the shop. Staff members gave chase but lost him. A report was made to police.

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Officers scoured the area but no arrest was made. According to police, the suspect is thought to be aged from 20 to 30.

He was wearing a black cap, a black windbreaker and grey trousers at the time of the incident.

Crime squad officers from the Yau Tsim police district are investigating.

Detectives are also reviewing surveillance footage in an effort to identify the culprit and find out whether he had any accomplice.

Police figures show that reports of thefts dropped year-on-year by 9.1 per cent to 21,152 cases in the first 10 months of 2016.