Antiques and jewellery worth HK$800,000 (US$103,200) were stolen from a shop in one of the busiest shopping districts in Hong Kong on Friday, the latest in a spate of burglaries in recent months.
The owner of the shop arrived at his Sai Yee Street store in Mong Kok shortly after 9.30am to find the main gate prised open.
“Initial investigation shows some antiques, jewellery and watches were stolen, and the valuables were estimated to be worth about HK$800,000,” a police spokesman said.
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Detectives from the Mong Kok criminal investigation unit are investigating but no arrests have been made.
Reports of burglaries have been on the rise across the city. On Tuesday, a house at the luxury Hong Lok Yuen residential estate in Tai Po was burgled, with HK$500,000 in watches and jewellery taken.
The week before, a senior Swire Group executive had his Mount Cameron Road house on The Peak broken into. His neighbour, French consul general Alexandre Giorgini, had his house burgled in January.
According to police, 948 burglaries were reported between January and May this year, an increase of more than 40 per cent compared with the same period last year.
Burglary reports more than doubled across the first and second half of last year, going from 786 to 1,608, as police manpower was stretched by anti-government protests.
Reports of robbery also rose to 166 in the second half of 2019, from 44 cases in the first six months of the year.
This article HK$800,000 in antiques and jewellery stolen from Hong Kong shop in latest of string of burglaries first appeared on South China Morning Post