HK$1.4 million Tuen Mun burglary latest in a string of break-ins at luxury Hong Kong homes

Luxury watches worth about HK$160,000 also taken

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 August, 2016, 3:32pm
UPDATED : Monday, 29 August, 2016, 9:44pm

A safe containing more than HK$1.4 million in cash and jewellery was stolen along with three luxury watches from a duplex in Tuen Mun on Sunday night, when the owner went out for dinner.

The break-in came to light at 11.25pm, police said, after the man, 28 and surnamed Ling, returned home to the Hillgrove on Tsing Fat Street and found his bedroom ransacked.

“A safe containing jewellery and more than HK$200,000 in local and foreign currency was stolen and three watches worth about HK$160,000 were also taken from the bedroom,” a police source said.

It is understood the jewellery included two diamond rings and a jade bracelet.

The source said it looked like burglars climbed into the property through the first floor bedroom window. Officers combed the area but no one was arrested.

On Monday, officers were poring over CCTV footage for clues.

About an hour earlier, police received a separate report of a break-in from a 43-year-old woman in North Point.

She called at about 10.30pm after a safe was prised open and jewellery and watches, worth HK$500,000 in total, were stolen from her home on Tin Hau Temple Road.

The two incidents were among a series of burglaries reported over the weekend.

On Saturday, the Repulse Bay home of Angela Leong On-kei, fourth wife of casino mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun, was burgled when she was out of town.

The break-in was discovered by her domestic helper, who called police. Officers said a bedroom window was broken and parts of the house ransacked.

It was the third burglary in Repulse Bay – one of the city’s expensive residential districts – in three weeks.

On August 8, the luxury home of Hong Kong’s third richest man, Cheng Yu-tung, was burgled and several gold statues stolen.

That burglary was reported just hours after an armed man was subdued in a separate incident just 1.5km away at 69 Repulse Bay Road.

And last Thursday, the daughter of Chen Din-hwa, the late founder of Nan Fung Group, became the latest victim in a string of high-profile break-ins after her luxury house on The Peak was burgled.

Despite the recent spate of break-ins, police figures show burglary reports declined 6 per cent to 1,206 in the first six months of this year.