Burglars broke into a vinyl record shop in Sham Shui Po in the early hours of Monday, carting away more than HK$200,000 worth of items, including vintage cantopop song collections.
Police arrested three suspects, aged 22 to 38, and recovered some of the stolen goods in the afternoon.
According to the 63-year-old shop owner, the stolen items included 100 vinyl records worth at least HK$100,000; a 40-inch television, HK$10,000; five Japanese-made cameras, HK$10,000; 50 watches, HK$30,000; a three-foot-tall Buddha statue and a pair of limited-edition Air Jordan basketball shoes, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Police said a review of video clips from the shop’s surveillance cameras showed that three male burglars, believed to be of South Asian ethnicity, broke into the shop on Ki Lung Street at around 4 a.m. on Monday and ransacked the place.
Of the vinyl records stolen, some were of the late Cantonese opera actor Leung Sing-por, as well as famous singers such as Teresa Tang, Alan Tam and Leslie Cheung.
The records were said to be the private collection of the shop owner’s wife and were not for sale.
According to Apple Daily, the shop owner, identified only as Au-yeung, was heartbroken after the break-in because the stolen records had much sentimental value for him and was not for sale.
Au-yeung said the burglars were clearly not very knowledgeable about vinyl records because they missed out on some of the hard-to-find collections which are worth a lot more than the electronics goods they took.
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