TWO men claiming to be policemen raided a Kowloon Tong motel yesterday and robbed 19 people of more than $52,000 in cash and valuables.
After entering the motel at 1 Rutland Quadrant, each of the men produced 60-centimetre knives and threatened four members of staff and a watchman.
The raiders forced their way into ground floor guest rooms, ordered the seven men and women inside into the reception area, tied them up and took their valuables. They also took $10,000 belonging to the motel owner from a safe.
Eight couples in other first floor rooms were not disturbed.
The gang spent an hour in the motel before escaping on foot.
Staff managed to free themselves 15 minutes later and alerted police. But by the time officers arrived most of the guests had left.
A security guard, a cashier and a female Royal Hongkong Golf Club employee were robbed of cash and valuables worth $85,000 after visiting a Sheung Shui bank.
Three men, one apparently armed with a pistol and another carrying a knife, intercepted the victims' car in Po Kin Road at about 11.20 am.
The victims were forced to hand over a briefcase containing $80,000, while the security guard also lost a $5,000 necklace. The robbers escaped in the car.
Another hijacking occurred near the Lion Rock Tunnel at about 3.45 am when a motorist and his wife were robbed of $3,000 in cash.
Police said the victims' car, travelling eastbound on Lung Cheung Road, rammed into a railing when another car cut across it near Phoenix House.
One man and two women from the raiders' car demanded that the driver, 50, and his wife, 51, pay $3,000 ''compensation''.
The raiders, aged between 20 and 25, then drove off.