Hong Kong's most wanted

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 January, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 January, 1996, 12:00am

THE highest reward offered in the territory - $1 million for the capture of Hong Kong's most wanted man, gangster Yip Kai-foon - will soon be reviewed to see if the level fixed in 1992 was too low.


The police stopped drawing up a list of their 10 most wanted suspects in the late 1980s in order to avoid 'glorifying' the culprits, but the rewards on offer for the capture of Yip identify him as the No 1.


All the cases on the list of the 10 highest police rewards are murders and robberies.


Yip, 31, is a prime suspect in the robbery of $5.7 million worth of gold and jewellery from five adjacent shops in Kwun Tong on June 9, 1991. He and five other robbers armed with AK-47 assault rifles and pistols are alleged to have fired 54 shots at the police.


Yip is also suspected to be linked to the robbery of two jewellery shops in Shamshuipo in March 1992 when eight men armed with pistols fired 65 shots at police and pedestrians as they escaped with $3 million worth of jewellery.


Rewards of $500,000 have been offered on each of the two crimes for information leading police to Yip.


While serving a 16-year sentence in Hong Kong for firearms offences, Yip escaped during a hospital visit in August 1989 after threatening prison officers with a broken bottle. The reward notices relating to the successful capture and prosecution of Yip and his gang members have been renewed every time the six-month validity period expired.


Organised Crime and Triad Bureau Senior Inspector Leung Sing-fai said there had been several anonymous calls to offer information on Yip. 'But they were found to be false or wrong,' Mr Leung said.


'We will review the situation to see if the reward would need to be raised around June when the current reward notice expires.' Mr Leung said Yip was believed to be hiding on the mainland and the Public Security Bureau had been alerted to help track him down.


Another $500,000 reward was offered for information on a man who stabbed auxiliary policeman Ng Ka-wing to death and stole his service revolver at Pat Tin Estate on September 12, 1993. That case comes third in the police force reward list.


Bureau Superintendent Xavier Tang Kam-moon said of that case: 'The crime is a challenge to public order. The reward may be able to attract people who have contacts with the criminals to come forward to the police.'