Money changers stripped of HK$10 million in violent 30-second robbery in TST

An image of one of the robbers taking suitcases full of cash from the victims caught by CCTV. Image via Apple Daily (screengrab)

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.

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