A man suspected to be responsible for three robberies involving the use of an axe was arrested in Tuen Mun at around 1:30pm on Wednesday.

The man, 32, is of Vietnamese nationality and holds a recognisance form. He admitted to police that he was behind the robberies, though police are still looking for the axe and around HK$20,000 worth of stolen cash, said Li Kwai-wah, acting senior superintendent (crime) of the New Territories North Regional Headquarters.

Police officers arrested the suspect on Wednesday.

The man was suspected to have robbed three 7-11 stores within a week in Mong Kok, Cheung Sha Wan and Tuen Mun. No injuries were reported in the incidents.

The latest robbery took place in the early hours of Tuesday, when a man entered a store at around 3am on Boundary Street in Mong Kok wielding an axe. He made off with HK$5,800.

A similar incident took place at a store in Cheung Sha Wan at around 2am on Sunday. A man stole HK$5,800 in cash.

Footage widely circulated on social media apparently shot from a security camera at the store showed the suspect yelling at staff members in Cantonese: “Give me all the cash. Quick!”

A third incident occurred in Tuen Mun last Tuesday. At around 2:30am, a man threatened two shopkeepers at the 7-11 store in Shan King Estate with an axe of about 30 centimetre long. He took away HK$8,600 in cash.

Police believed the same person was behind the robberies because of their similar nature and the suspect’s similar physical features described by witnesses.

Ellie Ng

Ellie Ng has written for Foreign Policy, the Daily Telegraph, Global Voices Online and others.