Police are looking for three men following a daring robbery at a jewelry store in Tsim Sha Tsui on Tuesday.
At around 10am, a trio of thieves smashed windows of a Chow Sang Sang Group shop with hammers and stole nine pieces of diamond and jewelry items on display, according to the police.
The stolen items were worth HK$24 million in total, in the incident that took place at a store located along the bustling Canton Road.
Numerous shoppers and pedestrians witnessed the crime, with the thieves taking just a few minutes to complete their smash-and-grab caper.
Shop assistants at the Chow Sang Sang store were preparing to start business for the day and had just placed pricey items in the window for display when the robbery happened.
After seizing the jewelry from the display window, the gang fled on a motorcycle and went in the direction of Salisbury Road.
They left behind a large suitcase which is believed to have been used to carry the hammers.
Crime unit of the Yau Tsim Police District is actively investigating the robbery that occurred in broad daylight. The three suspects were seen wearing black jackets, hats and masks.
It is believed that the three men may be of South Asian origin.
Authorities have appealed to anyone having useful information or clues to immediately contact the police.
Tuesday’s incident marked the third high-profile robbery in the city this year. In March, a 3D-GOLD Jewellery store, also in Tsim Sha Tsui, lost HK$5.27 worth of diamonds after a man broke a window and took away some items.
In January a Montblanc store inside the IFC Mall in Central was raided by two South Asians, leading to the loss of about 40 wristwatches.
In a previous incident that took place in September last year, handbags and jewelry worth HK$2 million were snatched from a Chanel boutique in Causeway Bay by a gang of four criminals.
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