Police are hunting for three men who last night stole HK$10 million (US$1.27 million) in cash from money changers in Tsim Sha Tsui in a violent robbery which saw one man attacked with a glass bottle.
The heist, which was over in 30 seconds, took place around 7:30 pm after three men withdrew the HK$10 million from a money exchange store in Middle Road, according to Apple Daily, which published CCTV video showing the incident.
The trio were staff members of another cash exchange store which had a partnership with the TST location, according to the outlet.
They withdrew the cash and placed it in three suitcasse, which they put into a waiting car.
It was at this point the three bandits showed up, with one striking one of the money changers from behind with a glass bottle, before another swiped the suitcases from the trunk.
The trio — which included one Chinese men and two described as South Asian — then fled in their own vehicle, according to acting chief inspector Chan Ka-ying, who spoke to reporters.
The victim struck with the bottle, surnamed Fung, was taken to Queen Elizabeth hospital with injuries to his head.
The incident follows a similar robbery in February where five men were stripped of two cases containing more than 400 million Japanese yen (HK$32 million) from a money changer in Chungking Mansions on Nathan Road.
Police made arrests in that case, reported the SCMP.
Also in February, a man had US$50,000 (HK$390,000) stolen by two men who attacked him on Middle Road.