Police foiled an attempt by three local men to cart away a rare wooden dining set worth HK$2 million (US$258,060) from a furniture store in Mong Kok early Tuesday.
The suspects were arrested as they tried to break into the store on Shanghai Street around 4 a.m., Headline Daily reported Wednesday.
Unknown to the burglars, officers from the Kowloon West Regional Headquarters had launched a 24-hour stakeout in the neighborhood after receiving a tip about the group’s plan.
Police said the three suspects, aged 47, 56 and 57, were targeting a dining set made of rare scented rosewood in the store. The set, consisting of one table and six chairs, were imported from Vietnam.
Furniture made of scented rosewood, which is known for its durability and rich hues, fetches up to tens of thousands of Hong Kong dollars per kilogram.
The burglary attempt happened a few days after 10 burglars broke into a wood trading company at Mirador Mansion in Tsim Sha Tsui last Saturday and stole redwood timber worth HK$200,000, the report said. Police are investigating the case.
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