A 58-year-old businesswoman is said to have lost more than HK$2 million in cash and some gold ornaments in a fresh burglary case in Hong Kong.
Chui Wan-fong, who is an expert in making baby-hair calligraphy brushes and runs a studio called Venus Choice Multi-Arts Centre in Mong Kok, reported the theft to the police Tuesday night, Apple Daily reported.
When Chui returned to her apartment in Lai Yin Building on Nathan Road at about 8 pm, she found the door ajar and the interiors ransacked.
An inspection revealed that HK$2.03 million (US$261,845) in cash and gold items worth about HK$100,000 were missing from her home.
Chui said the money she lost amounts to most of the savings she had built up from years of work.
According to Chui, she opted to keep her cash at home as bank deposits rates are too low, and also because she can quickly access her money in case of a medical emergency.
Chui lives in the apartment along with her three daughters, according to the report.
Police have launched an investigation after going through CCTV footage from the building. No arrests have been made so far.
A neighbor is said to have told a security guard that he saw someone near Chui’s flat at around 3 pm Tuesday.
Chui was once married to Brounley Cheung, whose family has been making baby-hair brushes for generations in Beijing.
In Chinese tradition, hair from a newborn’s first haircut should be made into a calligraphy brush to celebrate the birth and also to serve as a blessing for the baby to become a knowledgeable person.
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