Date
19 November 2017
CCTV footage showed a man seeking out expensive watches at a Tsim Sha Tsui store before fleeing with some goods. Photos: SocRec, Apple Daily
CCTV footage showed a man seeking out expensive watches at a Tsim Sha Tsui store before fleeing with some goods. Photos: SocRec, Apple Daily

Police launch manhunt after HK watch store robbery, shooting

Hong Kong police are searching for a man who robbed a Tsim Sha Tsui watch shop Thursday night and shot a store employee before fleeing with HK$5.5 million worth of goods.

About 40 armed policemen wearing bullet-proof vests cordoned off the scene after the robbery and were searching the district for the lone gunman, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The criminal unit of Kowloon West Regional Headquarters has taken over the case, with investigators collecting surveillance tapes from the neighboring stores.

A shell case and a cartridge with bullets were recovered in the store. The police believe the robber used a Type 54 pistol in his attack. The pistol, which bears the nickname Black Star, is among the weapons used by the Chinese army.

Clad in a wig and a surgical mask and wearing a gray suit, the suspect is said to have visited the Collectors watch store on Peking Road twice Thursday before re-entering the shop at about 9:30 pm.

He asked a salesperson to show him nine Patek Philippe watches worth HK$5.5 million (US$708,030) in total, displaying a credit card.

As the salesperson was preparing to do the product wrapping, the suspect grabbed the items and attempted to flee. When the employee tried to stop him, the man pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest.

The sales person, a 57-year-old male, was conscious when he was sent to hospital.

The suspect, about 160 cm tall, was said to speak Mandarin. However, the sales staff also heard him suddenly use Cantonese when he gave instructions for wrapping.

After making a getaway, the man was seen heading toward Haiphong Road.

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