Police have arrested a 33-year-old mainland man after he was seen moving suspiciously in an area in Kowloon Peak, also known as Fei Ngor Shan.
The man was found carrying several tools and weapons commonly used during burglary attempts, prompting the police to suspect that he scoping out targets, Ming Pao Daily reported.
The man, who bears the surname Jiang, is said to have traveled to Hong Kong from Shandong province on a two-way permit.
The police found him acting weird as they carried out an anti-burglary operation, codenamed Hillcastle, over the weekend.
He will be taken to the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts today to face charges of possession of an imitation firearm, assault weapons and tools used for burglary.
Jiang was allegedly scoping out some mansions at the crossroads of Fei Ngor Shan Road and Clearway Bay Road. He was pretending to appreciate the scenery when police officers approached him.
He was taken to the police station after he was found carrying a fake pistol, a long meat knife, a Hong Kong map, a head cover, gloves, and a flashlight, all of which led the police to believe that he was planning a burglary.
Meanwhile, investigations are on to determine whether the suspect is involved in other cases and if he has links to any syndicate.
Fei Ngor Shan district, which has many rich people living in mansions, has been a major target of burglars before the Hillcastle operation was launched earlier this year.
The anti-burglary operation is said to have resulted in an 80 percent decline in the number of robbery cases in the previous quarter compared to the same period last year.
In April, Bossini heiress Queenie Law was kidnapped from her home at Kam Shue Road in the district.
She was released after her family paid HK$28 million (US$3.6 million) in ransom. Nine suspects were arrested later in connection with the incident.
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