Date
24 September 2017
Police say the arrested man was the same person who contacted the victim about selling mooncake coupons in Sheung Shui.  Photo: Internet
Police say the arrested man was the same person who contacted the victim about selling mooncake coupons in Sheung Shui. Photo: Internet

Man arrested after HK$1.1 mln robbery in Sheung Shui

A 34-year-old businessman was knocked out with iron rods by two masked men who snatched his bag containing about HK$1.1 million that was intended for mooncake coupons.

One suspect, 26, was arrested on Wednesday night, Apple Daily reports.

Initial investigations showed the victim might have been lured to the location in an earlier appointment to buy discounted mooncake coupons.

The incident occurred about 9 a.m. outside Metropolis Plaza on Lung Wan Street in Sheung Shui on Wednesday. The victim, surnamed Chan, who is believed to be a parallel trader, was planning to meet two people to buy about 2,000 mooncake coupons, each costing HK$200 to HK$300.

Chan came with three friends who were having breakfast at a restaurant in the mall when the incident occurred. Chan had gone outside alone for a smoke when he was approached by the two men.

Police described the suspects as Chinese. They were wearing t-shirts and caps.

The men struck Chan with iron rods, snatched his bag and fled, leaving Chan bleeding from a head wound. Chan was later sent to North District Hospital.

Police said the arrested man was the same person who had contacted the victim about the trade, according to reports.

This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Oct. 4. Many of mainland tourists would flock to buy boxes of mooncakes and carry them back to the mainland. Each coupon costs HK$200 to HK$300 for a box of four mooncakes.

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