The Balmoral in Tai Po, New Territories. Photo: Google Maps

Two burglaries were discovered seven hours apart in Tai Po, in Hong Kong’s New Territories. The first break-in occurred at a luxury home on Sunday, and the second, at a village house, was discovered on Monday morning.

At 11pm on Sunday, a 39-year-old man returned to his home in The Balmoral complex on Ma Shing Path in Tai Po and found that it had been burglarized, Oriental Daily reported. The home had been ransacked and around HK$11,000 (US$1,400) worth of valuables including cash and jewelry stolen.

Seven hours later, the 54-year-old male occupant of a house in Fong Ma Po Village, also in Tai Po, reported to police that a search of the residence at 6am had determined that two watches worth HK$65,000 each, jewelry worth around HK$110,000 and a wallet with HK$2,000 cash in it were missing.

After an initial investigation, police believed that the burglars had climbed a water pipe and pried open the bathroom window to get into the house.