Police arrested a former soldier from Colombia and two of his suspected accomplices in Yau Ma Tei for a series of burglaries in the Northern district this year.
Over HK$1 million worth of stolen goods, including luxury handbags, watches and a camera drone, were found in the suspects’ apartments, Apple Daily reported on Friday.
The trio were said to be responsible for at least 22 burglary cases in the district from June to November this year.
Investigation showed that the suspected mastermind, a 28-year-old former soldier from Colombia, had been arrested and imprisoned in Singapore for three years, also for burglaries.
After his release sometime in the middle of this year, he came to Hong Kong and sought refugee status. He had been granted recognizance.
While waiting for determination of his status, he teamed up with a 48-year-old Colombian and a 28-year-old Indonesian maid to undertake a series of burglaries. The maid played the role of a lookout.
Yip Kim-pang, senior inspector of the New Territories North regional crime unit, said the suspects chose village houses in Tai Po and Yuen Long as targets.
Several victims posted CCTV video clips of the burglaries on Facebook after calling the police.
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