Fake gun leads to foiled robbery as quick-thinking HK jewellery store staff subdue suspect in Mong Kok

15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A man who attempted to rob a jewellery store with a fake gun on Thursday fooled precisely no one at least not for long as three staff chased him down on the street and recovered more than HK$1 million (US$129,000) in gold.

The 52-year-old suspect, wearing a face mask and carrying a nylon bag, walked into the Mong Kok branch of Luk Fook Jewellery store on Argyle Street soon after 11.15am and quickly went to work.

“He poured volatile solution [suspected to be paint thinner] from a bottle on a display counter in front of two female employees and then drew what appeared to be a handgun, declared it was a robbery and ordered staff to hand over the jewellery,” Chief Inspector Ng Tak-nam of the Mong Kok police station’s crime unit said.

Momentarily stunned, the staff watched as the suspect rapidly shoved gold into his bag, then ran out of the shop. The two minutes it took for the robbery to unfold was just enough time for the staff to reach a conclusion the gun was not real.

“Three staff decided the weapon looked like a toy gun and gave chase immediately,” Ng said.

After a brief chase, the three intercepted the suspect, who put up a struggle. An off-duty police sergeant then ran over to join the fray before officers from the Emergency Unit arrived.

The chief inspector said the nylon bag contained 188 pieces of gold jewellery and that no valuables were unaccounted for.

One of the staff members was bitten on the left hand during the struggle, and he was taken to hospital for treatment.

Momentarily stunned, the staff watched as the suspect rapidly shoved gold into his bag, then ran out of the shop. The two minutes it took for the robbery to unfold was just enough time for the staff to reach a conclusion the gun was not real.

“Three staff decided the weapon looked like a toy gun and gave chase immediately,” Ng said.

After a brief chase, the three intercepted the suspect, who put up a struggle. An off-duty police sergeant then ran over to join the fray before officers from the Emergency Unit arrived.

The chief inspector said the nylon bag contained 188 pieces of gold jewellery and that no valuables were unaccounted for.

One of the staff members was bitten on the left hand during the struggle, and he was taken to hospital for treatment.

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