Date
23 November 2017
The daring robbery took place at around 3 p.m. on Monday while the victims were driving towards Man Uk Pin on the Wo Hang section of Shau Tau Kok Road. Photo: Internet
The daring robbery took place at around 3 p.m. on Monday while the victims were driving towards Man Uk Pin on the Wo Hang section of Shau Tau Kok Road. Photo: Internet

Robbers grab HK$5.8 million in GTA-style highway heist

A gang of at least five robbers smashed their car into a delivery van and snatched HK$5.8 million in cash from their victims in Sha Tau Kok on Monday afternoon, Apple Daily reports.

Acting police superintendent Chan Yan of the New Territories North regional police headquarters said the daring heist took place at around 3 p.m. while the victims, a man and his son surnamed Mok, were driving towards Man Uk Pin on the Wo Hang section of Shau Tau Kok Road.

In a scene reminiscent of the Grand Theft Auto video game, the robbers rammed their car head-on into the van to intercept it on the highway.

Then three other gang members leaped out of a second car behind the van and used a hammer to smash the windows of the target vehicle.

One of the robbers threatened the driver, the father, with a beef knife and used pepper spray on his face. 

The driver told them that the cash was hidden in a black nylon bag under the passenger seat.

Initial investigation revealed that the victims were on their way to buy iPhone X handsets when they were attacked. It is believed that the victims, aged 63 and 28, were engaged in parallel trading.

The robbers, who spoke Cantonese and were wearing caps and face masks, tried to burn their car in an apparent attempt to erase leads to their identities, and escaped using the second car. 

A Government Flying Service helicopter failed to locate the getaway car, described as silver in color with license plate number 3269.

Police said the Cantonese-speaking suspects were aged between 20 and 40, and of medium build.

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