A gang of four suspected thieves were arrested in Tze Wan Shan, Kowloon, on Thursday after a luxury apartment in Hung Hom was burglarized.
The four men aged between 42 and 57, two of whom were Hongkongers and two illegal immigrants from China’s Hunan and Sichuan provinces, were arrested on a hillside at 11am, Apple Daily reported.
Acting on a tip, police had tracked the two mainlanders after they sneaked into an apartment in the Harbourfront Horizon luxury housing estate in Hung Hom in the early hours of Thursday.
The duo allegedly pried open a safe to steal HK$70,000 (US$8,965) in cash, a watch worth HK$100,000 and a mobile phone, then took a taxi to Diamond Hill Crematorium to meet up with two Hong Kong residents who were waiting for them.
Police say they arrested the four suspects at the scene and recovered the stolen items and some burglary tools.
At first, police suspected that more gangsters were hiding in the hills, and 50 officers were deployed for a search, but no one was found, Oriental Daily reported.
Police said the two mainlanders used a key card to break into the Hung Hom apartment. Officers were investigating how they obtained the card.
Police also believed that a burglary syndicate had acted behind the scenes to arrange for the mainlanders to come to Hong Kong for the burglary.