Date
20 October 2017
Police recovered the stolen watches and a cache of weapons from the suspects. Photos: CNSA, Apple Daily
Police recovered the stolen watches and a cache of weapons from the suspects. Photos: CNSA, Apple Daily

HK watch store robbery suspects arrested, loot recovered

Police have arrested two mainlanders suspected of robbing a luxury watch shop in Hong Kong and shooting the store manager.

A 27-year-old man, surnamed Liang, was arrested in neighboring Shenzhen on March 28.

An accomplice was arrested two days later in Maoming, a southwestern city in Guangdong province, where both men come from.

The suspects robbed the Collectors watch store in Peking Road on March 12 and came away with HK$5.5 million (US$709,675) worth of luxury watches.

Liang shot and wounded the 57-year-old store manager during the heist. 

A police task force from Hong Kong and Shenzhen recovered the loot, which included nine Patek Philippe watches. It will be returned to the shop.

Also seized from the suspects were a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting, ammunition, crossbows and knives.

Liang had tried to rob a watch store at the upmarket MixC mall in Shenzhen just weeks before the Hong Kong raid, the report said.

Police are investigating whether the suspects were involved in other robberies.

The suspects entered the Collectors watch store wearing gray suits and surgical masks and asked to see some watches from the store manager.

Liang grabbed a tray of watches and shot the manager in the chest when he resisted, the report said. The victim is on medical leave after being discharged from hospital.

The suspects will be tried in the mainland.

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