CRIME

Safe stolen from home in third Sai Kung burglary in 24 hours

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 September, 2014, 4:12am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 September, 2014, 4:12am

A local businessman yesterday became the latest victim in a spate of break-ins, and the third in the Sai Kung area to fall prey to burglars within 24 hours.

Three intruders removed a hidden safe from its fixture inside a wardrobe in the master bedroom of the victim's three-storey house early yesterday. The businessman's son, 25, and two foreign domestic helpers were in the house, but did not hear the thieves, according to police.

"It is not known what contents were kept inside the safe as the house owner is not in Hong Kong," a police officer said.

He said initial checks indicated the three men had raided the Celestial Villa house on Clear Water Bay Road just before 3am.

"They were captured by surveillance cameras while climbing onto the first-floor balcony of the house," the officer said.

"They then pried open a glass door to enter the master bedroom, where they searched for property. The CCTV footage showed the raiders later fled with two bags that probably contained the 45cm by 45cm safe."

The break-in was not discovered until about 6.30am, when a security guard found the fence damaged and notified the son.

Police combed the area, but made no arrests. Kwun Tong detectives are investigating.

On Monday, burglaries were discovered just hours apart at two houses in the Tai Mong Tsai area of Sai Kung, with more than HK$200,000 in cash and valuables stolen. Last week, three other break-ins took place in the area, with losses of tens of thousands of dollars in each case.

Celestial Villa and the two Tai Mong Tsai villages are about 10km away from each other.

In June, a burglary gang targeted luxury homes along an 8km stretch of Clear Water Bay Road from Tseung Kwan O to Fei Ngo Shan Road, striking while residents were having dinner at home. Police received at least 12 reports of theft in the area.

Despite the high-profile raids on luxury homes, the total number of break-ins dropped nearly 21 per cent to 1,635 in the first seven months of this year from the same period last year.