Burglar makes off with HK$180,000 in cash and valuables from Hong Kong flat as occupants sleep
Investigations show culprit climbed drainpipe and entered through unlocked kitchen window
A New Territories flat was burgled, with HK$180,000 in cash and valuables stolen from the living room as the occupants lay asleep in the early hours of Monday.
The break-in came about two weeks before the start of the annual citywide winter precautionary measures by Hong Kong police against crimes such as burglary during the forthcoming festive season.
During the operation, which usually begins in the first week of December and ends after the Lunar New Year festival, police will step up patrols and set up observation posts in high-risk locations in addition to conducting an anti-crime publicity campaign.
Monday’s burglary came to light shortly before 6.30am when one of the residents, a 54-year-old man, called police after waking up to find the second-floor flat had been ransacked.
Initial investigations showed that a burglar climbed a drainpipe at the three-storey building at Fong Ma Po off Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, and entered the flat through an unlocked kitchen window, a police source said.
“Jewellery worth HK$110,000 and two watches worth about HK$65,000 were stolen, along with HK$2,000,” he said.
“Initial information showed the valuables and cash were taken from the living room of the flat, and its tenants were asleep and undisturbed in the bedrooms.”
The source said police were still investigating whether the culprit left by the same route and whether the burglar had acted alone.
Officers searched the area, but no arrests were made. Detectives from the Tai Po police district are handling the case.
Separately, a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of breaking into an eatery in Kwun Tong on Monday and stealing HK$550. He was intercepted by police when he left the Mut Wah Street shop at about 2.40am.
The man is suspected of being connected to two other break-ins in the same district. On October 16 and November 14, two restaurants were burgled and HK$19,000 in total was stolen, according to police.
On November 7, painter and mezzo-soprano Delia Chien, 76, lost jewellery worth about HK$850,000 after her luxury apartment in Kennedy Road, Wan Chai was burgled.
Luxury houses and flats in areas such as The Peak, Repulse Bay, Kowloon Tong and Deep Water Bay have been targeted by burglars in recent years. The number of such crimes in the city with losses totalling at least HK$500,000 in each case climbed from 31 in 2015 to 54 last year. There were 13 such cases in the first six months of this year.