Burglars stole luxury watches and cash worth more than HK$1.4 million (S$240,210) from Cecil Chao Sze-Pok tsung’s Fu Lam mansion, along with his identity papers.
When Chao left his home in the Villa Cecil residential estate on Victoria Road at 8 p.m. on Saturday (May 1), nothing seemed out of the ordinary, according to a police source.He returned around 11.30 p.m., but it wasn’t until two hours later that he realized his bedroom safe had been forced open. Two watches worth HK$1.03 million had vanished.Chao’s Hong Kong identification card and passport were also taken, along with around HK$400,000 in cash and some foreign currency.
On Sunday at 9.30 a.m., the estate protection department called the cops. The initial investigation revealed signs of a break-in, with police believing the burglar entered the mansion from a nearby hillside.Six antiques, five watches, and 20 pieces of jewelry worth around HK$10 million were stolen from a safe in Chao’s 20,000 sq ft mansion’s bathroom in October 2014.
At the time, police suspected the burglar had crawled down the hillside to gain access to Villa Cecil, a luxurious low-rise estate on Hong Kong Island’s western end.
It was founded by Chao’s family’s real estate firm, Cheuk Nang. The first phase was finished in 1977, followed by the third and final phase in 2011.Cheuk Nang’s chairman is Chao, who was born in Shanghai in 1936. Chao offered HK$500 million to any man who could marry his daughter Gigi Chao after discovering she had married her boyfriend Sean Eav. The family made international headlines in 2012.
Burglars have also attacked Chao’s Villa Cecil neighbors on at least two occasions in 2016.
Source: South China Morning Post