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Crime in Hong Kong

Motorcycle-riding robber makes off with HK$15,000 before dawn in Hong Kong street grab

Victim suffers hand injuries and is bandaged up at the scene

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 March, 2018, 5:32pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 March, 2018, 5:32pm

Hong Kong police were searching for a motorcycle-riding robber on Thursday after he swiped a wallet containing HK$15,000 from a pedestrian before daybreak.

The theft took place outside Bailey Mansion on Ngan Hon Street in To Kwa Wan, soon after 5.30am.

The victim – a 31-year-old man – suffered minor hand injuries. He was bandaged up at the scene but did not request hospital treatment.

“The victim called police saying a man in a helmet had grabbed his wallet containing HK$15,000 in cash and a HK$6,000 mobile phone, before fleeing on a motorcycle,” a police spokesman said.

Officers scoured the area, but no arrest was made.

According to official statistics, Hong Kong police handled 163 reports of robberies last year, down 37.3 per cent on the 260 cases in 2016.

Separately on Thursday, a property in nearby Wing Kwong Street was burgled and nearly HK$110,000 in cash and valuables stolen in the early hours. The flat is about 200 metres from Bailey Mansion.

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Police were called in at about 1am when the female tenant, 37, found the property, in Wing Fai Mansion, ransacked.

Officers said two watches together worth HK$100,000 were taken, along with HK$9,500 in cash. No one had been arrested by Thursday afternoon.