Shun Tai House of Shun Chi Court, Sau Mau Ping, Kwun Tong. Photo: Google Maps

A 37-year-old Hong Kong man was so desperate to catch a burglar that he chased him down the scaffolding over 10 floors of a residential building in Sau Mau Ping, in Hong Kong’s Kwun Tong area, on Monday evening.

Oriental Daily reports that at 9pm, a man, surnamed Lo, arrived – with his younger brother – at the unit he owns on the 10th floor of Shun Tai House, Shun Chi Court. On entering, he was shocked to see a man cowering in the dark.

The burglar rushed into the kitchen, climbed out of the window and descended via the scaffolding on the building’s exterior. Lo followed suit after telling his brother to call the police. However, the burglar got to the ground quicker than Lo did and fled the scene successfully.

According to the preliminary police investigation, Lo had HK$8,300 (US$1,066) in cash stolen from a wallet in his living room. Sau Mau Ping Police Division are investigating the burglary.

Separately, there were two burglaries at Block 17 of the Provident Centre in North Point on Monday, as reported by Apple Daily. At 10pm, a 58-year-old flat owner surnamed So lost a total of HK$170,000 (US$21,829) worth of cash and valuables. Earlier, a domestic helper from another unit of the same block reported a break-in; however, no details of property being taken were confirmed due to the owner being out of town.