Police have arrested a 51-year-old man who broke into a photo developing store in North Point in search of soft drinks, not money or other goods, Apple Daily reported Friday.
A woman saw the burglar ransacking the store on Watson Road at about 1 a.m. Thursday and called police.
By the time they arrived, the burglar was gone.
Video from a security camera showed the man, who wore a cap and a mask, using a hammer to smash the glass door. He left eight minutes later.
The store owner, who has operated his business in the district for 17 years, told police he did not lose any valuables but only several cans of soda and some drinks in a refrigerator that were worth less than HK$100 in total.
He said the amount he has to pay for having the door repaired is much higher than the value of the stolen drinks.
Police arrested a man suspected of preparing to commit a burglary on nearby Electric Road at 4 a.m.
The man, surnamed Ho, admitted he was the one who broke into the photo developing store. Police found he was from Macau.
Sky Post reported that police are investigating if the man was responsible for a burglary reported several days earlier by a restaurant on Shell Street, which is not far from the store.
The restaurant owner said he lost nothing, but the door was smashed.
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