Eight arrested over HK$10 million heist in Tsim Sha Tsui
Six Hong Kong men and two Pakistanis, aged between 17 and 25, were arrested
Police have arrested eight people over last week’s robbery in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, in which a suitcase containing HK$10 million (US$1.27 million) was snatched from staff at a money changer.
Two Pakistani men and six local men, aged between 17 and 25, were arrested, Apple Daily reported.
Police suspect that one of the arrested, a 20-year-old Pakistani man named Asif Ahfaq Mehmood, hit a robbery victim with a bottle. He was arrested at Hong Kong International Airport on Monday, as he attempted to leave Hong Kong.
Mehmood has been charged with one count of robbery while other suspects in police custody have reportedly not yet been charged.
Acting Chief Inspector Chan Ka-ying said the arrests were made after officers collected evidence from witnesses, nearby shops and footage from surveillance cameras.
The stolen money has not yet been recovered.
The heist took place at 7:30pm on a busy Tsim Sha Tsui street on August 8, when three employees from a money changer were moving the suitcase of cash from the shop to a vehicle parked on Middle Road.
Police said five men attacked the staff and snatched the suitcase, which they put it in a seven-seater and drove away. The five then made off in different directions.