Store thieves in Richmond, Vancouver target ginseng

CCTV footage from the Tung Yun Tong Herbal store in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, captures the thieves. Photos: SCMP

Canadian federal police are investigating a spate of thefts targeting Vancouver-area Chinese herbal medicine shops, in which brazen criminals made off with ginseng and other products worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Monday, 24 December, 2012, 9:06am

Herbal medicine robberies offer crime gangs high rewards

The Vancouver area's many high-end Chinese herbal medicine stores have provided rich pickings for criminal gangs.

There have been at least three herbal crime sprees in the past five years, including the current rash of thefts in Richmond.

Tung Yun Tong Herbal, the target of the most recent thefts this month, was also hit by a violent robbery in July 2010.

24 Dec 2012 - 9:06am

Thieves pose as mannequins to avoid arrest after store break-in

Romans who broke into a designer clothes store at the weekend have joined the ranks of the world's most bungling thieves after being caught pretending to be clothes mannequins.

19 Dec 2012 - 4:36am

Briefs, December 14, 2012

A suspect was arrested by police after detonating an explosive device during a robbery attempt at a government dormitory building in Liuzhou, Guangxi province, yesterday, killing the city's chief planner and injuring his wife.

14 Dec 2012 - 4:06am

China Digest, December 3, 2012

A former chemistry major aged 27 appeared in court on Saturday, charged with making amphetamines at his home in August, Beijing Times reports. 

3 Dec 2012 - 6:50am

Briefs, November 22 2012

Leonid Razvozzhayev denies charges of armed robbery. Photo: AP

Boatpeople sent to PNG, says Australia

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Briefs, November 18, 2012

Passenger dies after collapsing on bus

A 66-year-old man collapsed on the lower deck of an 8P KMB bus heading to the Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui early yesterday morning. He had head injuries and was rushed unconscious to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he was certified dead.


HK$20,000 in 'cocaine and ketamine' seized

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Pretoria museum thieves make off with US$2m of paintings

Irma Stern's 'Fishing Boats' oil paintings was among the works of art stolen yesterday. Photo: AP

Three men posing as an art teacher and two students stole about US$2 million (HK$15.5 million) worth of paintings by some of South Africa's most celebrated artists off the walls of the Pretoria Art Museum in a brazen day-time robbery.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

Businessman fights off Yuen Long stun-gun robbers

A mainland businessman fought off two robbers during a bungled robbery in Yuen Long yesterday after two stun guns apparently failed to release an electric shock strong enough to disable him.

The 42-year-old withdrew HK$500,000 from a bank and had breakfast at a cafe in Yuen Long before the hold-up happened at about 10.15am.

8 Nov 2012 - 3:25am

Briefs, November 4, 2012

Robbers attack man on Sheung Shui street

A man was attacked by two robbers in Sheung Shui. The victim told police he was walking in the street when one man grabbed him from behind and another placed a plastic bag over his head, then tried to steal his belongings. The victim put up a struggle and escaped.


Illegal-bar raid nets HK$70,000 drug haul

4 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

City Digest, October 29, 2012

CY too aggressive on policy, says lawmaker

29 Oct 2012 - 7:38am

Smartphone thefts soaring in the United States

Most cellphone thefts happen on crowded trains and buses. People have been urged to 'be smart with your smartphone'. Photo: AP

In the tech-savvy city of San Francisco - teeming with commuters and tourists - the cellphone is a top target of robbers who use stealth, force and sometimes guns.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:28am

Nigerian thieves targeted biggest robber of all - dictator Sani Abacha

Nigerian police have recovered a stash of gold and diamond jewellery worth thousands of dollars from robbers who targeted a home of the country's most notorious former dictator.

8 Oct 2012 - 4:43am

Briefs, October 7, 2012

Hang Seng scion sues Sotheby's for HK$8.9m

The son of the late Hang Seng Bank founder is suing auction house Sotheby's for more than HK$8.9 million in proceeds from the sales of antiques.

7 Oct 2012 - 3:49am 1 comment

China Digest


50pc rise in registered cars

5 Sep 2012 - 3:38am