Burglar robs half a billion stamps in Hong Kong

A burglar in Hong Kong has captured a collection of stamps and calligraphy worth USD 516 million (EUR 434 million) in broad daylight.

The thief struck in a flat of Chinese collector Fu Chunxiao in the bustling Kowloon district and only needed two hours to take the dizzying catch with him, a police source said.

Fu was on mainland China at the time of the break-in on Thursday 10 September, the police source said, asking not to be mentioned.

The thief walked into the sixteen-storey building, pierced open an iron gate and forced a wooden door to enter the flat, before leaving along the same route with the loot.

Mao Zedong

The precious items were taken from a locked drawer in the flat, the source told us. They include calligraphy by the former Chinese leader Mao Zedong and five extremely valuable stamps.