Three members of a Hong Kong syndicate linked to a recent spate of break-ins crashed their car into a river after trying unsuccessfully to evade police on Friday. The group was suspected to be behind at least 10 burglaries, with hauls totalling more than HK$4.6 million (US$586,000). The cases included one on Thursday afternoon in which a safe containing 30 luxury watches worth about HK$3 million was stolen from a flat on Prince Edward Road West. Seven people, including the three arrested in the car chase, have been detained over the crimes. The group of suspects comprised four men and three women, aged between 16 and 47. On Friday evening, the three syndicate members, believed to be leaders, were identified by police in Yuen Long. They then fled in a seven-seater vehicle, but lost control of it at a car park on Tung Shing Lei Road. The car hit three other vehicles before plunging into a river nearby. Motorist takes to pavement to evade police in late-night Mong Kok car chase Media footage showed the vehicle upside down and severely damaged in the water. A wire fence at the scene was also torn off. The four other suspects, thought to be connected to the syndicate, were arrested in a hotel near the car park, as well as in Tin Shui Wai and Kwai Chung. Police have so far retrieved some of the stolen watches and jewellery, with an estimated value of about HK$1 million. They would pretend to be workers or visitors entering buildings during holidays, or when there were renovation works there Kitty Chan, acting senior superintendent Officers said members of the syndicate were locals, and targeted mostly residential buildings. “They would pretend to be workers or visitors entering buildings during holidays, or when there were renovation works there,” said Kitty Chan Yi-ping, acting senior superintendent of the force’s New Territories North regional headquarters. “After they have confirmed there is no one in a flat, they would quickly break in.” Police figures show there were 1,575 reports of burglaries across the city last year, down 15.9 per cent from 1,872 in 2017. Separately, four men, aged 25 to 29, were arrested after a mainland businessman was robbed of HK$2.5 million in cash in a guest house in Mong Kok around 4.30pm on Saturday. Superintendent Chung Chi-ming said the four were wearing masks and wielding beef knives during the robbery. Police officers spotted the four suspects acting suspiciously in a car in Tai Kok Tsui and tried to stop them. The four fled on foot but were arrested. One left the money on the road when he bolted. They would be detained overnight. HK$3 million bagged in break-ins in Kowloon City, Yuen Long and on The Peak Also in Tai Kok Tsui on Saturday afternoon, an 83-year-old woman died after she was hit by a truck. Police received a report at around 1.30pm after the accident, which took place near the junction of Fuk Tsun Street and Fir Street. The woman was sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she was certified dead. The driver, 65, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death.