A gang of four people was arrested for alleged burglary in Tai Kok Tsui in Kowloon on Monday.
The group includes two Vietnamese men aged 35 and 24, both asylum seekers, a 50-year-old Hong Kong man surnamed Chan and a 47-year-old local woman surnamed Tam. They were found breaking into a flat in a six-story building at 16 Pok Man Street in Tai Kok Tsui.
At 1 am, a 50-year-old tenant surnamed Wan turned on a surveillance camera and found the group lingering in the corridor suspiciously. Wan monitored them and saw them force open the door of an empty flat on the second floor. Wan called the police at once, Oriental Daily reported.
Police officers arrived and found some burglary tools, including pliers and screwdrivers – along with them in the flat. A bicycle, a suitcase and a bag filled with home appliances were also found.
Police said they believed the group sells stolen goods for cash, adding that they are investigating their involvement in other cases in the area.
According to the report, strangers were found coming in and out of the building recently as it was sold and bought by a new owner. The tenants called for the management company to install surveillance cameras in the corridors to tighten up security.