Date
29 May 2017
Police are alarmed at the burglary at 22 Barker Road as the neighborhood is home to several prominent businessmen and top government officials. Photo: HKEJ
Police are alarmed at the burglary at 22 Barker Road as the neighborhood is home to several prominent businessmen and top government officials. Photo: HKEJ

Police look into burglary at French banker’s luxury residence

Some thieves broke into a luxury mansion in the upscale Peak area Sunday night and made off with a safe containing more than HK$600,000 (US$77,300) worth of cash and valuables, reports say.

The victim was a French national named Claude Haberer, who heads the Asia wealth management business for Swiss private bank Pictet.

According to reports, the 59-year-old Haberer had leased the upper two floors of the four-storey mansion that had once served as the residence of the Belgian consul-general in Hong Kong.

The luxury home, located at 22 Barker Road, was found ransacked when the banker returned home at about 11 pm Sunday.

An inspection revealed that a safe was missing from a room, according to Headline Daily.

Haberer alerted the police, claiming that he had lost more than US$75,000 worth of valuables and cash. 

According to him, the safe contained HK$50,000 in banknotes, 10 watches worth about HK$300,000 in total, some jewelry worth HK$260,000 and a handbag worth HK$9,000. 

The police have launched an investigation, with the case assuming particular importance as the area is home to many prominent people and government officials.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, US consul-general Clifford Hart, Henderson Land chairman Lee Shau-kee and lawmaker James Tien Pei-chun are among the VIPs living in the neighborhood. 

Police suspect the burglars broke into Haberer’s home, which is just 200 meters away from Lam’s residence, through an open window, Apple Daily noted.

Haberer is said to have been living in Hong Kong for many years.

Authorities are studying footage from security cameras and conducting extensive searches in the neighborhood in a bid to crack the case.

Combing operations in the nearby hills have not yielded any clues so far.

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