Date
19 January 2017
Somwhere in this apartment block in Tak Kok Tsui was a repository of a lifetime toy collection by an enthusiast. The 50-piece hoard  is missing after a break-in. Photo: Google Maps
Somwhere in this apartment block in Tak Kok Tsui was a repository of a lifetime toy collection by an enthusiast. The 50-piece hoard is missing after a break-in. Photo: Google Maps

Thief steals toy collection but misses antique artifacts

A toy fanatic is beside himself with a broken heart after a thief suspected to be another enthusiast stole his prized lifetime collection.

The 55-year-old man, surnamed Man, said he found the 50-piece collection, some going back 20 years, gone from his parents’ Sycamore Street flat in Tai Kok Tsui, Apple Daily reports.

Man said he found the door forced open and the apartment ransacked when he went to clean it at 7 a.m. on Monday. The flat had been empty since his parents died.

He put the hoard, which included figures of Iron Man and Adolf Hitler, at HK$25,000 (US$3,221). 

Man said the toys likely have takers in Hong Kong and Japan, where those types of figures are highly sought-after.  

The thief also stole two computers worth HK$12,000, a HK$2,000 television set and a can of beer but spared some antique artifacts, suggesting the suspect is unfamiliar with local culture and is likely non-Chinese, according to Metro Daily.

Man said he had seen a group of men acting suspiciously and going in and out of the building in the days before the theft, describing them as South Asian.

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