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Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 17:46

Police seek 5 after gold robbery


Police seek 5 after gold robbery
Police inspect a van which was transporting 258 gold bricks to a processing factory in Fanling, Hong Kong. Five masked men robbed 81 of the gold bricks worth over HK$20 million. (Photo provided to China Daily)

HONG KONG – The police are hunting a group of five men who are suspected to have robbed more than HK$20 million worth of gold bricks from a carrier van on Tuesday morning in Fanling, the New Territories.

Masked men, armed with knives, robbed 81 gold bricks worth HK$20 million in Fanling in Hong Kong

The group was highly coordinated, according to a police spokesman.

The five were equipped with face masks and knives, and had arranged two cars to facilitate their escape, police said.

Police identified the suspects as Chinese nationals. They were either from Hong Kong or the mainland, they said.

The police urged people to report to the Tai Po Police Station if they discover evidence relating to the robbery.

The only victim, a 33-year-old employed driver of the gold carrier van, was sent to the hospital after threatened by the robbers with knives and sprayed by unknown liquid.

Around 9:15 am, the driver was about to deliver 258 gold bricks, worthy of over HK$70 million, to a gold processing factory in Fanling. Eighty-one of the gold bricks were robbed when he was unloading. The driver had hired no security services for his delivery.

Police urged the public to employ security when trying to transport valuables.

Police seek 5 after gold robbery
Graphic by Alex Tang/China Daily

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