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Crime in Hong Kong

Mainland man and two Hong Kong women arrested over string of village burglaries across New Territories

  • They are suspected of being involved in about 20 break-ins in Sai Kung, Tseung Kwan O and Yuen Long between October and this month
  • Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of electronics, cash, jewellery and watches were stolen
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 November, 2018, 5:37pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 November, 2018, 5:37pm

A mainland man and two local women have been arrested by Hong Kong police in connection with a recent string of village burglaries across the New Territories.

They were suspected of being involved in about 20 break-ins in Sai Kung, Tseung Kwan O and Yuen Long between October and this month.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of electronics, cash, jewellery and watches were stolen from the village houses over the period, police said.

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Acting on a tip-off, detectives arrested the 45-year-old man in Yau Ma Tei on Friday afternoon. The man had a watch which was suspected to be stolen, and failed to produce any valid identification documents.

He was detained on suspicions of burglary and entering the city illegally.

Police also arrested a pair of Hong Kong women, aged 38 and 47, suspected of handling stolen goods – a timepiece was also found on one of them – and assisting and abetting others to enter Hong Kong illegally.

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The man was charged on Sunday with one count of burglary and another for illegal entry, and will appear in Kwun Tong Court on Monday morning.

The two women were released on bail and must report to police next month.

Officers said an investigation was under way and they did not rule out more arrests.