Watch theft syndicate busted after 7-seater carrying suspects plummets into river in New Territories

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A 7 seater vehicle which attempted to evade police arrest yesterday night nosedived into a river in New Territories. Earlier, police identified the suspects for a theft involving HK$3.5m worth of luxury watches before engaging in a high speed pursuit. 3 of the suspects in the vehicle were arrested at the scene of the accident.

A crane was used to lift the 7 seater from the riverbank. Picture credit : On.cc
The suspects’ vehicle plunged into the river. Picture credit : On.cc
Search team from New Territories Police District Crime Squad descended into the river to look for further evidence. Picture credit : On.cc

According to sources, the 7 seater who was being pursued by police drove into an open air car park located on Tung Shing Lei Road in New Territories. The vehicle then lost control and crashed into 3 other vehicles parked within the compound of the car park when it was surrounded by police cars. It then rammed past the fence of the car park before plunging into the river next to it.

Three suspects who were trapped in the vehicle were immediately arrested after being rescued from the vehicle. Search team from New Territories Police District Crime Squad descended into the river to look for further evidence. The police also caught another man and 2 women nearby before retrieving more than 20 over stolen watches. All the 6 suspects aged between 16-21 have been detained to facilitate investigations. The stolen watches were believed to be connected to a theft case that happened on 14th February in an apartment located on Prince Edward Road West. 30 over watches worth more than HK$3m were stolen from the safe in the apartment and the 49 year old owner reported to police.

After checking the CCTV footage in the apartment, police identified two Chinese man who broke into the apartment and made off with the safe containing the watches in a 7 seater vehicle which was parked nearby. Police then launched a manhunt for the two suspects aged between 40-50 years old.

Police arrested another man this morning again who is believed to be connected to the syndicate who has committed 10 thefts of stolen items worth more than HK$4m in the past one month. A total of 7 suspects have been arrested hitherto.

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