Date
23 May 2017
Lee, the suspect in the attempted robbery of a boutique in Central on Sunday, was arrested in 2002 (inset) after police got wind of his plan to stage another robbery with mainlanders.  Photos: TVB,  Apple Daily
Lee, the suspect in the attempted robbery of a boutique in Central on Sunday, was arrested in 2002 (inset) after police got wind of his plan to stage another robbery with mainlanders. Photos: TVB, Apple Daily

Cross-dressing robber linked to string of failed heists

A cross-dressing man who was collared by police on Sunday after attempting to rob a fashion boutique in Central turns out to have served over 28 years in jail for a series of failed heists.

The 48-year-old man, surnamed Lee, was found to have been sentenced to jail for 14 years after attempting to rob a gold and jewelry shop in Hung Hom in 1991, Apple Daily reports.

A year after he was released in September 2001, Lee was arrested again after police gathered intelligence that he was planning another robbery with several mainlanders.

Lee was handed another jail term of 14 years and eight months for possession of firearms and ammunition.

Lee staged another robbery attempt on Sunday after incurring huge debts.

According to Sing Tao Daily, Lee had been working as a cleaner in Central since 2015 and renting a village house in Shenzhen for 1,300 yuan (US$188) a month.

He probably thought of dressing up as a woman in his latest heist to hide his identity and avoid suspicion from the shopkeeper.

Police said Lee walked into a boutique on Aberdeen Street in Central at about 7:50 p.m. on Sunday, dressed in high-class female attire with a wig and a pair of high heels.

When Lee announced the robbery, the shopkeeper screamed for help, forcing him to flee.

Police later identified Lee and arrested him in Sheung Wan.

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