Police were called to an upscale Hong Kong housing estate on Tuesday night after a flat there was robbed of some HK$900,000 (US$115,891) in cash and valuables.
The break-in came to light at about 10.17pm on Tuesday when a 58-year-old man and his wife returned to their seventh-floor home at South Bay Towers in Repulse Bay and found it had been ransacked.
“Initial investigation shows five watches and some jewellery were stolen, along with HK$150,000 in local and foreign currency. The haul was estimated to have amounted to about HK$900,000 in total,” the police force said in a statement.
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It is understood that one of the watches alone was worth about HK$160,000, and that the stolen jewellery included several diamond rings.
Officers said they believed the valuables and cash were taken from a safe and some drawers in the master bedroom.
Police combed the area, but no arrests were made.
The South Bay Towers’ two blocks have round-the-clock security guards, and are equipped with more than 50 security cameras. Detectives from the Western criminal investigation unit have checked the footage to gather evidence.
The building is currently under renovation, and officers are investigating whether the burglars may have scaled its bamboo scaffolding to gain access to the flat by prising open a glass door on the balcony.
In the first three months of this year, police handled 337 reports of burglary across the city, down 48.5 per cent from 655 cases in the same period last year.
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