Hollywood star Nicolas Cage may have stolen a car in a minute in Gone in 60 Seconds, but three bandits in Hong Kong have made him look like a slow coach. They whisked three high-performance cars away from a Yuen Long depot in about 30 seconds. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX cars, which sell for at least $423,000 each, were among fewer than 20 of their kind in Hong Kong. The model hit the streets just this week. The three thieves, in a car driven by a fourth man, sped into the depot at about 8.30am on Tuesday, went straight to the cars they wanted, leaped into them and drove away while a security guard looked on. Police suspect an inside job. Officers last night were still hunting the thieves, thought to be aged 20 to 30, and were keeping watch for any attempt to smuggle the cars out of Hong Kong. Investigators said the men were probably well informed about the whereabouts of the cars and that they were parked unlocked with keys in the ignition. 'It appeared that they were aware of where three vehicles were parked in a depot that houses hundreds of new vehicles of different types,' said Chief Inspector David Wan Tat-wai, assistant Yuen Long divisional commander for crime. He said the gate barrier at the main entrance of the depot in Yau Pok Road had been raised at the time of the theft. 'The culprits raced against time. The whole raid took between 30 seconds and a minute,' he said. Two of the stolen vehicles are silver and the other is white. An employee of the depot, Universal Cars, said there were fewer than 20 examples of the same car model in Hong Kong. Yesterday police appealed for anyone with information to call 2473 8338.