Date
23 October 2018
Police officers escort one of the suspects from their hideout on Thursday. Cash and other valuables worth HK$5 million and tools apparently used in the gang's trade were seized. Photo: TVB
Police officers escort one of the suspects from their hideout on Thursday. Cash and other valuables worth HK$5 million and tools apparently used in the gang's trade were seized. Photo: TVB

NT burglaries: 3 mainlanders arrested, HK$5 mln loot seized

Police raided a hut in Pat Heung and arrested three mainland men believed responsible for at least eight burglaries in posh mansions in the New Territories.

Seized from the suspects in their hideout on Thursday were cash, jewelry and other valuables worth HK$5 million, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Police suspected more of the loot could be hidden in surrounding areas and continued their hunt for a Hong Kong man believed to have assisted the gang in settling down and moving around in the city to commit crimes.

Police learned earlier that the gang had been living in a sheet metal hut in Tai Kong Po Tsuen in Pat Heung since three months ago, and decided to dispatch a Special Duties Unit to raid the suspected hideout on Thursday, aware that the suspects could be armed with powerful weapons.

The raiding team broke into the hut at about 4 a.m. after hours of stakeout and arrested the three men sleeping inside, all of whom were found to have entered Hong Kong illegally.

The suspects were aged 33 and 34. Two of the men said they were from Guangxi province and the other one claimed he was from Guangdong.

One of the suspects said he was a former soldier of the People’s Liberation Army, Apple Daily reported.

The gang is believed responsible for several burglaries, from which they could have gained nearly HK$13 million.

The break-ins included one in Lok Ma Chau where the victim lost HK$5.17 million and another one in Tuen Mun last month in which barrister Cheng Yeuk-wah is said to have lost HK$5 million.

Superintendent Li Kwai-wah of the New Territories North Regional Crime Unit said the gang was well-organized with meticulous division of labor and targeted only mansions located in secluded places.

Also seized from the suspects were binoculars with night vision, video cameras, hydraulic shears and a diamond tester.

The owner of the raided hut, surnamed Lee, told Ming Pao Daily that a man claiming to be a contractor rented the place for HK$2,000 about three months ago before the trio moved in.

Lee said the suspects spoke to each other in Cantonese, and they often would “leave home late in the night and return early next morning”.

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