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Crime in Hong Kong

HK$15 million suitcase robbery from hotel money changer in Hong Kong sparks hunt for four

  • Men fled in vehicle which was later found abandoned near Olympian City in Tai Kok Tsui
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2018, 10:29pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 November, 2018, 5:35am

Hong Kong police are searching for four South Asian men who snatched a suitcase containing HK$15 million (US$1.9 million) in cash from a money changer in a Sha Tin hotel on Wednesday night.

The four suspects reportedly raided a room in Regal Riverside Hotel, tied up the changer’s staff members and made off with the cash-loaded suitcase at about 8.20pm.

They fled in a car which was later found abandoned near Olympian City, a residential and shopping complex, on Hoi Fai Road in Tai Kok Tsui. Police had tracked the vehicle with data from a GPS device inside the suitcase.

Before police found the car in Tai Kok Tsui, the GPS information had led them to Kak Tin Village in Tai Wai, about 3km (1.9 miles) from the hotel. However, they found nothing of interest at that location.

A machine used for detecting counterfeit money was found in the hotel lobby. Officers also found two pairs of work gloves in a rubbish bin near the abandoned car, and a windbreaker and a cap in bushes nearby.

A police source said that four people were in the process of exchanging Hong Kong dollars and US dollars when the robbery happened.