Date
14 December 2017
Police officers display some of items seized from a burglar after an incident at a home owned by James Thompson (inset). Photo: Google Maps, tvb.com, wikipedia
Police officers display some of items seized from a burglar after an incident at a home owned by James Thompson (inset). Photo: Google Maps, tvb.com, wikipedia

Mainlander, 26, arrested for burglary at luxury home

A 26-year-old mainland Chinese man has been arrested following a burglary at a house in the southern part of Hong Kong Island. 

According to news website hk01.com, police received an alert at about 9pm Monday about a break-in at a unit at the Manderly Garden estate in the Southern District. 

A domestic helper at the luxury townhouse, which is located along Deep Water Bay Road, called to inform that she found the main bedroom and study room of the house ransacked.

Police arrived at the scene and began an investigation. They found a wire fence at the house damaged, prompting them to believe that someone had sneaked into the property.

Officers from the force’s Tactical Unit later apprehended a man who was moving under suspicious circumstances in a nearby area.

A check revealed that the man was carrying several valuables, including six watches, a memorial stamp set, a silver bar and some accessories, as well as a Gold Bauhinia Star that was handed out by the Hong Kong government in 2003.

It was then determined that the items were stolen from the Manderly Garden home.

The suspect was arrested. Officers later confirmed that man entered Hong Kong from the mainland on Sept. 4 with a two-way permit.

According to Apple Daily, the house which was burgled is owned by James E. Thompson, former chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Manderly Garden homes are high-end properties, with the units having their own private garden terrace and covered car park area.

A 3,200-square-foot unit at the estate fetched HK$160 million in a transaction in May last year.

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