Police reportedly fired a warning shot in their efforts to halt a posse of suspected jewel thieves after the men allegedly attempted to ram a police vehicle in an escape bid this afternoon, with officers successfully arresting seven in connection with a jewelry store robbery over the weekend.
Footage from an on.cc livestream showed that police had cordoned off part of Sheung Lok Street in To Kwa Wan, where several vehicles — a taxi, three cars, and a dark blue van — could be seen parked on one side of the street. Officers could be seen searching the taxi and one of the cars and dusting them for fingerprints.
HK01 reports that plainclothes officers were in the area investigating a series of jewelry store robberies in To Kwa Wan in recent days. The most recent case involved a robbery at one store on To Kwa Wan Road on Sunday, in which a group of four masked men got out of a taxi, smashed the glass display cases with a hammer, and threatened the shopkeepers with knives. The SCMP reports that they left with about US$256,000 (about HK$2 million) worth of gold.
This afternoon, officers noticed two suspicious-looking vehicles — a red cab (which allegedly turned out to be stolen) and a white car — in the area, and intercepted them at Sheung Lok Street. Police later said in a press conference that the white car had attempted to ram a police vehicle, at which point one of the officers fired a warning shot.
Seven men were ultimately subdued and arrested, and HK01 reports that police believe the red taxi was also connected to the Sunday robbery. Police later said that at least some of the men had a triad background.
Police did not respond to Coconuts HK’s inquiries as of press time.
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