Date
12 December 2018
Police found the suspected getaway van abandoned near Olympian City on Hoi Fai Road in Tai Kok Tsui on Wednesday night. Photo: RTHK
Police found the suspected getaway van abandoned near Olympian City on Hoi Fai Road in Tai Kok Tsui on Wednesday night. Photo: RTHK

Police hunt for suspects in HK$15 mln hotel heist; two arrested

Police have arrested two of the six people believed involved in a HK$15 million robbery at a Sha Tin hotel on Wednesday, and efforts were underway to find the four other suspects.

At around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a man called the police and said he was robbed of HK$15 million in cash at the Regal Riverside Hotel on Tai Chung Kiu Road, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Police said the robbery took place after three employees of an exchange shop and a middleman went to a guest room of the hotel upon the request of the caller who said he wanted to exchange some foreign currencies.

As soon as the four entered the room, six men who looked like South Asians, including the supposed client, subdued them and tied them up.

The robbers fled with three bags full of cash and left the hotel in a white seven-seater van.

Based on information from a GPS tracker in one of the bags and footage from security cameras, police found the suspected getaway van abandoned near Olympian City on Hoi Fai Road in Tai Kok Tsui several hours later.

Several bundles of banknotes amounting to about HK$150,000 and gloves suspected to have been used by the robbers were found in the vehicle.

Follow-up operations led to the arrest of two suspects, aged 31 and 60, early Thursday morning.

The wife of the older man, who owned the van, told media that he lent the vehicle to a fellow countryman about a week ago, insisting that her husband was innocent.

A citywide search for the four other suspects continued.

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