Daylight robber pulls off $1.4m jewelry heist

Local | Stella Wong 15 Mar 2019

A armed man staged a daring daylight robbery in Sham Shui Po, making off with three trays of gold jewelry worth more than HK$1.4 million.

Police said at about 10.20am yesterday, the robber, in his 40s or 50s, entered the Sun Hai Jewellery & Goldsmith Co on Kweilin Street. Wearing a cap and white mask, he pulled out what appeared to be a gun and threatened two staff members.

He ordered one of the employees to take out three trays of gold jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets and pendants, and hastily put them into his cross-body bag.

"The suspect then fled in the direction of Yen Chow Street. The entire crime took three or four minutes," said Kevin Chong Kiu-wai, chief inspector of the Sham Shui Po District Crime Squad. A staff member subsequently pressed an alarm to alert the police, and officers arrived at the scene shortly.

Police checked CCTV footage at nearby shops and asked witnesses for details of the robbery. Officers from the Identification Bureau also took fingerprints on the glass display cabinets.

The shop later found more than 110 pieces of gold accessories worth some HK$1.4 million missing. Sources said about 64 gold necklaces and bracelets, and more than 30 gold bangles and pendants were taken.

Chong said no one was injured, as there were no customers in the shop at the time.

Police are now hunting for the suspect, described as being thin and about 165 to 170 centimeters tall. He was wearing a dark-colored jacket and trousers, and spoke Cantonese.

A witness, surnamed Chu, said she had noticed a suspicious man looking around and walking quickly at about 10 to 11am.

Chu, who works as a hawker nearby, said there had been a few robberies in the neighborhood recently. She suspected the man was a thief and paid more attention to him.

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