Police are looking for a Cantonese-speaking man who fled with about HK$160,000 (US$20,623) after robbing a currency exchange shop in Wan Chai on Tuesday.
A female employee of the shop, which is located in the basement of Shun Feng International Center on Queen’s Road East, told police that a man wearing sunglasses walked in at about 3 pm before he pulled out a grenade-like object and demanded HK$200,000.
According to the employee, who bears the surname Wu, the man claimed that he needs the money to save a person’s life, and warned that he will detonate the grenade if he doesn’t get the cash.
Afraid, the employee handed over HK$100,000, but the man was not satisfied. As he demanded more, Wu then handed over a bundle of renminbi notes worth 50,000 yuan, Sing Tao Daily reports.
The man then fled with the money and ran toward Admiralty, after which Wu called up the police.
She described the robber as someone in the 35 to 40 age group and of medium stature. The man was said to be wearing a dark T-shirt and dark trousers when he committed the crime, which was completed in just two minutes.
Police launched a search operation in the neighborhood after they arrived at the scene but failed to find any trace of the robber.
Footage from security cameras suggested that the robber or a partner was moving near the shop about 17 minutes before the robbery took place.
The case was at least the fourth of its kind over the past four months.
On July 3, a money exchange shop in To Kwa Wan was targeted for robbery, while another outlet in Tai Kok Tsui came under attack in late June.
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