Date
24 January 2017
A hole in the wall (inset) carved out with screwdrivers and a crowbar gave the burglars access to this provisions store-cum-Chinese medicine shop in Kwun Tong. Photos: Google Map, Ming Pao
A hole in the wall (inset) carved out with screwdrivers and a crowbar gave the burglars access to this provisions store-cum-Chinese medicine shop in Kwun Tong. Photos: Google Map, Ming Pao

Burglars give themselves away before the crime

It’s easy enough to spot someone who acts supiciously.

When that person — and an accomplice — are carrying screw drivers and a crowbar at three in the morning, it’s a no-brainer: something must be going on.

Sure enough, policemen who saw the pair disappear into an alley in Kwun Tong with the tools of their trade caught up with them hours after they had broken into a provisions store-cum-Chinese medicine shop and stolen HK$1.5 million (US$193,100) worth of dried goods.

The suspects, surnamed Ko, 51, and Chan, 52, were arrested and held for questioning, Ming Pao Daily reports.

They are thought to be behind a series of burglaries in the area.

The two broke into the shop in Shui Wo Street by punching an 18-square-inch hole on a wall with their screwdrivers and crowbar.

After an hour inside, they emerged with the goods and hopped on a taxi.

The policemen gave chase and caught up with them in Yau Tong.

They found a stash of stolen items including an expensive Chinese herb valued at HK$9,650 per tael (38 grams).   

The shop owner, surnamed Lau, said he had been robbed before.

He lost several thousand dollars worth of goods several years ago when burglars sneaked into the premises from a rooftop window.

This time, he said he had a burglar alarm on, but the suspects had disabled it. 

He is thinking of changing his security system.

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