Three men broke into the house of Andrew Wong Ho-yuen, Permanent Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, over the weekend and made off with a safe and handbag, reports say.
The burglary came to light on Sunday as a domestic helper returned to the residence in Deep Water Bay at around 11 pm and found the place ransacked, according to Apple Daily.
The foreign maid immediately contacted her boss and also alerted the police.
Wong and his family were said to be out of town for the Easter holidays when the break-in took place.
An investigation revealed that a small safe and a brown handbag were missing from the house.
After checking CCTV footage, police found that three men climbed over the surrounding walls of the Manderly Garden residential complex at around 9 pm on Sunday.
The burglars used crowbars to force open the door of Wong’s house and stayed in the house for around half an hour.
Manderly Garden has a total of 58 houses, of which the government owns 16 units. The units, which have 24-hour security, serve as housing for senior officials such as Wong.
Wong, 56, took the post of permanent secretary for financial services in December 2014. He belongs to the Administrative Officer Grade A1 (D8), and has a monthly salary of HK$260,000.
According to the report, it was fourth burglary in the past four years in the same housing estate. In three of the cases, the victims were senior government officials.
In one case, two men broke into the home of High Court Judge Esther Toh Lye-ping in 2014. But the burglars fled as a security alarm was activated.
In October 2012, the home of Elizabeth Tse Man-yee, the-then Permanent Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury (Treasury), was burgled, leading to the loss of valuables worth tens of thousands of dollars.
A spokesperson for the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau said that in the latest case, only some personal belongings of Wong were missing, and that there has been no theft of official documents, according to Ming Pao Daily.
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