Hong Kong police are scouring the town for a smash-and-grab gang who broke the show counters of a jewelry retailer and made off with gold ornaments value about HK$1 million (US$128,500) in a daylight raid on Tuesday.
5 males, all carrying masks and gloves, rushed into the Tai Solar Jewelry retailer on Kau Yuk Highway in Yuen Lengthy shortly after 11am and threatened the employees with a weapon, in accordance with police.
Chief Inspector Auyeung Tak of the Yuen Lengthy district crime squad stated criminals pulled as much as the store in a silver gray seven-seater van and jumped out.
“One of many robbers threatened the employees with a knife,” he stated. “The opposite 4 used axes or hammers to smash the glass of the show counters and snatch the gold ornaments.”
He stated the theft was over in a few minute and nobody was injured.
The criminals escaped on foot earlier than leaping again into their car.
The robbers wore face masks and gloves, are considered aged 20 to 35 and stand 1.7 metres to 1.eight metres tall. Officers have been checking surveillance digicam footage to assemble proof.
Police recorded a fourfold surge within the variety of robberies throughout the town final yr, with 44 circumstances within the first half and 166 within the second. There have been 147 circumstances in 2018.
Goldsmith and jewelry outlets have been the goal in 19 circumstances final yr, in opposition to 14 within the earlier yr. About 70 per cent of the circumstances final yr came about in November and December.
Police imagine criminals have taken benefit of the town’s social unrest to hold out robberies, given the drive is tied up with the anti-government protests which have gripped Hong Kong since June.
Individually, police arrested three males in reference to 13 reported burglaries by which money and valuables value HK$100,000 have been stolen from a number of outlets in Kowloon starting in November.
Two of the suspects have been apprehended once they have been attempting to interrupt into a store in Sham Shui Po on Monday night time. The third suspect was caught at his residence in Yau Ma Tei.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the three suspects – all Hongkongers and aged between 29 and 43 – have been being held for questioning. No prices had been filed.
Police acquired 2,394 studies of housebreaking in 2019, up 52 per cent from 1,575 the earlier yr.
In accordance with police figures, the drive solved a 3rd of reported crimes in 2019, the bottom charge since 2001, whereas the variety of offences surged for the primary time in 13 years.