The luxury Hong Kong home of a neighbour of Taiwanese musician Liu Jia-chang was burgled on Friday.

Police said a door at Junk Bay Villa on Hang Hau Road in Tseung

Kwan O was prised open and nearly HK$50,000 in cash and valuables stolen.

Four years ago Liu himself was the victim in a raid in which he lost more than HK$14 million in cash and valuables.

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Officers were alerted shortly before 7.30am by the 32-year-old tenant.

“Initial investigation showed several watches and some local and foreign currency were stolen from the house,” a police spokesman said.

In 2012, Liu’s losses included an artwork by ink master Qi Baishi estimated to be worth HK$10 million and a safe containing cash and jewellery.

Detectives from Kwun Tong police district are investigating the latest burglary.

It was one of various break-ins on Friday.

Shortly after 1am, police received a report from an employee of Vela Pacific Hotel in Morrison Hill Road, Wan Chai, after a 50-inch television worth about HK$7,000 was stolen from a third-floor room.

A thin man aged about 50 was captured by security cameras.

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At about 5am, 240 packs of cigarettes worth around HK$12,000 were reported stolen from a street stall at the junction of Un Chau Street and Fat Tseung Street in Cheung Sha Wan.

In Tai Po, a noodle shop in Kwong Fuk Lane was burgled before dawn and HK$228,000 stolen. It came to light when staff arrived for work at about 6.30am. Police said the shop’s rear door was prised open. A security camera captured two men in their 30s wearing gloves.

About an hour later, police received a report of a break-in from a shop owner whose Un Chau Street store in Cheung Sha Wan was burgled and about HK$470,000 in cigarettes and liquor stolen along with HK$10,000. Police said the rear door was prised open and a window was broken.

The biggest burglary this year was on January 20 when thieves took diamonds worth more than HK$8 million from a safe in a Ngau Tau Kok apartment.

Despite a string of high-profile break-ins in exclusive areas of the city last year, overall burglary figures were down 4.5 per cent, numbering 2,579 compared with 2,700 in 2014.

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