Video Credit: AsiaWire
This footage shows armed and masked robbers jumping out of a car and trying to rob a high-end watch shop but they are thwarted – by the shop’s locked door.
They promptly turn tail and jump back into the getaway car and speed off.
Footage of the attempted robbery on 1st September shows the five suspects pulling up in a white saloon car outside the Tang Kwan watch shop on Cheung Sha Wan Road in Hong Kong’s Sham Shui Po district.
The vehicle stops right next to the crowded pavement in front of dozens of witnesses as four suspects jump out and head for the entrance of the watch business.
However, they return just a few seconds later and hop back in the vehicle, with the shop’s CCTV images showing the cleaver-wielding robbers having been thwarted by the locked glass door.
As one of them bangs on the glass and hacks at the door, it frightens customers inside including a young girl, the video shows.
When they are unable to gain entry, a second robber strikes the door as they all flee back to the getaway car which speeds away.
Hong Kong police said an unmarked squad vehicle spotted the suspects’ vehicle on Tolo Highway in the town of Tai Po, and proceeded to pursue them.
The getaway car lost control and slammed into a crash barrier after a high-speed chase lasting over 7 miles, the authorities added.
Armed police drew their weapons as they arrested the group of five, which included a 16-year-old boy and four men age 20 to 33.
Bottles of paint thinner, a hammer, four blades and plastic cord were among the items confiscated from the car.
All five remain in detention and questioning for suspected involvement in the failed heist, but none had been charged at the time of writing.
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