Barking dog wakes Hong Kong luxury homeowner as burglary under way
Police searching for man last seen fleeing toward waterfront in Tai Tam
A barking dog interrupted a burglar ransacking a luxury house in Hong Kong and woke its female owner who was threatened with a knife and robbed of HK$2,500, a camera and two mobile phones before daybreak on Friday.
The hold-up prompted police to mount a land and sea search for the suspect, identified as of Chinese descent. He was last seen fleeing toward the waterfront near Turtle Cove Beach in the upscale residential area of Tai Tam.
As of Friday afternoon, the 1.67 metre tall male suspect was still at large, police said. They described him as being about 30 years old, of a thin build and speaking Cantonese with a mainland accent.
Police said the intruder came down from a hillside, climbed the house’s surrounding wall at Red Hill Peninsula on Cedar Drive and entered the premises through an unlocked door at about 4.30am.
It was understood the 55-year-old woman and her two domestic helpers were at home at the time of the incident.
“The victim was awakened by her barking dog to find a burglar ransacking her bedroom,” a police source said. “The culprit then threatened the victim with a knife and robbed her of HK$2,500 and valuables before running out of the house through the front door.”
Police said the homeowner was unhurt in the incident.
Scores of officers scoured the area and roadblocks were set up on Tai Tam Road after receiving a report from the woman at 4.43am.
As the robber was last seen running towards the waterfront, Marine Police launches were deployed to search along coastal areas.
So far, no one has been arrested. Detectives from Western district crime squad were handling the case.
According to official statistics, there were 978 reports of burglary across the city in the first six months of this year – down 18.9 per cent compared with 1,206 cases over the same period last year.
Police figures showed there were 34 houses that were burgled in the first half of this year, a 60 per cent decline compared with 79 over the same period last year.