Police are hunting for three burglars who were captured on surveillance cameras breaking into a luxury villa on Repulse Bay on Hong Kong Island on Sunday.
The burglary happened in a two-story villa at Belleview Place on 93 Repulse Bay Road, which is owned by tycoon Cheung Chung-kiu, the Sing Tao Daily reported.
A family of four was living in the house and they hired two Filipina domestic workers. The man and his wife were out of town on vacation and their two children study abroad.
At 8 pm on Sunday, the domestic workers checked the door and windows before going to bed. But 45 minutes later, they were woken by a strange sound and discovered the house had been ransacked. They called police.
Police arrived and found the sliding door on the ground floor and a safe in the master’s bedroom had been pried open. All the valuables in the safe were gone and two screwdrivers and a crowbar were found in the bedroom.
The surveillance camera installed in the villa and the housing block captured footage of the three burglars, believed to be of Chinese nationality, climb over the fence and break into the house via the balcony on the ground floor.
Officers believe the men hid on the neighboring hillside and officers and police dogs were sent to search the area. They only found some empty jewelry boxes. No arrests were made.
Meanwhile, a 69-year-old man called police at 3 pm on Monday to say when he sent his domestic workers to clean up a villa on Headland Road in Shek O on Hong Kong Island, they found the house had been ransacked, news website HK01.com reported.
A total of 11 antiques had been taken, including five bowls and six vases worth about HK$1 million (US$127,605).