Mastermind behind HK$8 million robbery of former footballer still at large despite four arrests

Four men, aged between 26 and 42, were arrested in Sham Shui Po, Tsim Sha Tsui and Kowloon City in connection with robbery of Lee Wai-man

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 June, 2017, 11:15am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 June, 2017, 11:15am

Police said they were still searching for the mastermind behind an HK$8 million robbery of a former Hong Kong soccer star, despite the arrest of four suspects over the weekend.

Four men, aged between 26 and 42, were arrested in Sham Shui Po, Tsim Sha Tsui and Kowloon City on Saturday and Sunday, in connection with the robbery of Lee Wai-man.

Officers recovered a small quantity of items thought to have been snatched, including 24 gold bars worth HK$7.5 million and 10 million Japanese yen (HK$696,300).

The 43-year-old former captain of the Hong Kong squad was approached by a group of men at Fortune Metropolis mall on Metropolis Drive in Hung Hom shortly before 9pm on May 24.

They threatened Lee with a knife and assaulted him before fleeing in a waiting vehicle with his suitcase that was carrying the gold and cash.

Lee suffered light facial injuries but required no treatment.

Lee joined Eastern in 1991, followed by Rangers, Sing Tao, Happy Valley and Sha Tin.

He played for the Hong Kong team 68 times between 1993 and 2006, in the latter period as captain.

Lee retired as a player in 2007 and coached several local teams.