Kau To Shan in Fo Tan, New Territories. Inset: One of the suspects. Photos: Google Maps, Facebook, Hong Kong Police

Hong Kong police arrested three burglars from mainland China in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon on Thursday and recovered HK$100,000 (US$12,800) worth of valuables taken in two burglaries.

Police had spotted three men, aged 22 to 35, all surnamed Wei and from Guangxi province, at 3pm on Wednesday wandering around Lok Shun Path in Fo Tan in the New Territories, Wen Wai Po reported. There is a trail connecting Lok Shun Path and luxury homes in Fo Tan’s Kau To Shan area.

Police examined two backpacks the men were carrying and found some tools that could be used in a burglary.

As the men were unable to explain why they were in the area and refused to say where they were staying in Hong Kong, police arrested them for loitering.

Police later investigated their travel records and surveillance camera footage that showed that they had been lodging at Mirador Mansion in Tsim Sha Tsui. After checking 40 rooms in the building, police seized valuables from one room, including a ruby, three luxury watches, some jade and cash worth HK$100,000 in total.

Police believed that the valuables had been stolen in two burglaries in Sai Wan Ho on Tuesday.

They arrested the trio on suspicion of burglary and detained them pending further investigation.

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