Burglars broke into a shop in Sham Shui Po, carting away a century-old British-made sewing machine along with 12 other second-hand sewing machines and a desktop computer, Apple Daily reported on Monday.
Peter Yu Wai-cheung, owner of Sun Cheong Sewing Machine Company, discovered the burglary when he opened the shop at 11 a.m. Sunday.
A 2-feet-long crowbar was found on the floor of the shop. Police said the burglars had apparently entered the shop by forcing open the back gate facing an open yard.
The estimated value of the stolen goods was around HK$13,000.
The stolen sewing machines were all second-hand units, including a sewing machine made in 1880 by British manufacturer Jones Serpentine.
Yu bought the antique machine on eBay with a bid of HK$3,800 a few months ago.
Yu said he was puzzled by the burglary as second-hand machines were of little value and could only be resold as scrap metal.
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