Date
15 November 2018
The glass windows of a jewelry shop in Central are shuttered after the robbery on Monday. A CCTV camera captures one of the suspects fleeing the crime scene. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
The glass windows of a jewelry shop in Central are shuttered after the robbery on Monday. A CCTV camera captures one of the suspects fleeing the crime scene. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Three Colombian men arrested over jewelry heist in Central

Police have arrested three men suspected to have robbed a jewelry shop in Central on Monday.

The suspects, aged 38 to 45, had entered Hong Kong as tourists with Colombian passports. They are undergoing further investigation.

The daring heist took place at around 11 a.m. on Monday, with the trio using hammers to smash the glass windows of the shop operated by Treasure Jewellery Co. Ltd. on Wellington Street, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

The masked robbers then scooped around HK$40 million worth of jewelry from the showcases and fled as stunned pedestrians looked on. No one was hurt.

Police immediately fielded officers from the Emergency Unit, many of them armed with rifles, to search for the robbers.

Two hammers, jackets, caps, masks, sunglasses and a pair of gloves, apparently discarded by the robbers, were recovered near the jewelry shop.

One of the suspects was arrested near Jubilee Street by a police officer who was on his way to the crime scene. Most of the stolen items were recovered as result.

The other two were caught at the Shenzhen Bay Port border area in the evening while riding on separate buses heading for Guangzhou.

Police said the robbers were believed to have cased the target shop and its vicinity before the actual robbery as the shop’s manager said a suspicious-looking man had been seen taking pictures outside.

Investigators were trying to determine if the suspects were part of a transnational criminal organization.

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