Police have launched a search operation following two robberies at the Eagle’s Nest nature trail in Cheung Sha Wan on Tuesday.
About 50 policemen began combing the district, looking for two suspects after receiving reports from robbery victims.
The operation, in which police dogs were also involved, is yet to yield results.
The Hong Kong Economic Journal reports that police were alerted about two incidents that took place in quick succession on the afternoon of Dec. 27.
In the first case, a 66-year-old woman informed the police that a man robbed her at about 12:40 pm at the Eagle’s Nest Nature Trail inside the Lion Rock Country Park.
Brandishing a knife, the man divested the elderly lady of a mobile phone, HK$100 in cash and a watch.
The robbery led to some injuries for the woman, as she suffered cuts to a finger.
Meanwhile, another woman, aged 45, told the police that she and her daughters were accosted by a knife-wielding man when they were walking along the fifth section of MacLehose Trail near Eagle’s Nest.
In the incident, the group saw HK$1,300 in cash and a gold necklace worth about HK$2,000 being stolen.
According to information received by the police, the two robberies were believed to taken place within 10 minutes of each other.
Both complainants claimed that they heard the robbers speak in Putonghua, suggesting that they might have come from the mainland.
As the two robberies took place only seven minutes apart, the police suspect the men might be connected to some group, which may be hiding in the mountains, Apple Daily reports.
In other cases, the police are said to have received reports of at least 13 break-in burglaries in Hong Kong over the four-day Christmas holiday break.
Among the houses that were hit was a mansion in Tai Po owned by the father of Bossini heiress Queenie Law, who was kidnapped last April; and a property owned by Teresa Cheng, who chairs the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, in Tai Lam.
Authorities suspect a mainland group was behind both the cases mentioned above.
In addition, Headline Daily reports that burglars broke into a flat at a high-end estate at the Peak Tuesday morning.
A foreign couple is said to be residing in the property. Details of the incident, including the possible losses suffered by the couple, are not known.
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