Abalone, bird’s nest and other delicacies worth HK$1.2 million stolen from Hong Kong shop

Back door of store on Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, had been forced open

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 July, 2017, 3:00pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 July, 2017, 4:25pm

Abalone, bird’s nest and other dried delicacies worth a total of HK$1.2 million were stolen in a raid on a ground-floor store in one of Hong Kong shopping districts, police said on Thursday.

The break-in came to light when an employee, 44, arrived at about 8am to find the Tung Fong Hung shop on Matheson Street, Causeway Bay. had been ransacked.

“Initial information showed the stolen property included abalone, bird’s nest, ginseng and sea cucumber,” a police spokesman said.

According to police, the rear door of the shop had been forced open.

Officers are examining security camera footage for evidence. So far, no one has been arrested. Detectives from the Hong Kong Island regional crime unit are handling the case.

Separately, a flat in one of the city’s expensive residential areas was burgled and HK$50,000 worth of jewellery was stolen along with HK$20,000 in cash.

Officers were called to the La Salle Road flat in Kowloon Tong after receiving a report from its tenant shortly before 2am on Thursday. Police said a bedroom window had been prised open.

Just a day before, a Hongkonger, 37, returned to his Tsim Sha Tsui flat after an overnight mahjong session to find his safe containing HK$800,000 in cash and valuables missing..

Police figures showed there were 678 reports of burglary across the city in the first four months of this year, a 16.9 per cent drop compared with 816 cases in the same period last year.