Date
28 May 2017
The suspect was seen climbing up a road sign to get to the terrace of the building. Police found a 12-inch screwdriver and a torch among his belongings. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily
The suspect was seen climbing up a road sign to get to the terrace of the building. Police found a 12-inch screwdriver and a torch among his belongings. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

Burglar caught after climbing 20-foot road sign in Sai Wan Ho

A mainland man tried to break into a flat at Lei King Wan residential estate in Sai Wan Ho by climbing up a 20-foot-high road sign, but was caught after making too much noise.

The suspect, surnamed Li, came to Hong Kong from his hometown in southern China’s Hunan province on a two-way travel permit, Apple Daily reported.

Police officers found a 12-inch screwdriver and a torch among his belongings.

Kung Yee-lam, sub-unit commander (task force) of the Chai Wan police division, said her men have increased patrols in Lei King Wan after two burglaries, resulting in the loss of HK$25,000, were reported in the estate last month.

Officers were patrolling Lei King Wan at around 3 a.m. Monday when they saw Li climbing up a road sign in order to reach the terrace of the building.

Li used his tools to unlock the sliding door of one unit, but failed to break into the flat because the entrance had a second door.

Meanwhile, he was making a lot of noise that woke up the flat’s occupants. 

Li fled but was caught by police officers waiting for him downstairs.

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