Safes holding a combined HK$680,000 in cash, valuables stolen from two Hong Kong homes within an hour

Clifford Lo
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Police were called to two residences in northern Hong Kong in the span of about an hour on Tuesday night after tenants returned home to find their safes – which together held an estimated HK$680,000 (US$88,000) in cash and valuables – had been stolen.

The first break-in came to light shortly before 8.30pm, when a 54-year-old man found his village house on Ping Yuen Road in Ta Kwu Ling had been ransacked.

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“A safe carrying HK$280,000 worth of jewellery and watches was stolen from the premises,” police said in a statement. One of the windows had been prised open.

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About an hour later, officers were called to a flat in Yuet Wu Villa on Tuen Mun’s Wu Sau Street, about 30km away, where a 28-year-old woman had found the security gate and wooden door to her flat broken open.

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According to the force, a safe carrying about HK$400,000 in cash was stolen from the residence.

Officers from the Tuen Mun criminal investigation unit have checked security camera footage to gather evidence.

So far, no arrests have been made in connection with the two cases.

At around 2.19am on the same day, a barking dog foiled a gang of burglars as they attempted to steal a safe from a three-storey house in Stanley, waking its owner and leading to the arrest of four men from mainland China just 30 minutes later. No valuables were stolen in the incident.

Police handled 1,841 burglaries across the city in the first 10 months of 2020, up nearly 9 per cent from the 1,690 reported during the same period of 2019.

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