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$500M Hong Kong burglary nets collector’s stamps, calligraphy

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A brazen Hong Kong burglar swiped more than $500 million worth of antique stamps and Chinese revolutionary items during a daylight heist from an apartment owned by a well-known collector, according to reports.

The thief broke into the apartment belonging to Chinese collector Fu Chunxiao in the city’s bustling Kowloon district, a police source told AFP on Wednesday about the Sept. 10 crime.

The staggering haul – worth $516 million – from the apartment in the Yau Ma Tei neighborhood included calligraphy by Chairman Mao Zedong and five extremely valuable antique stamps, the South China Morning Post reported.

Fu, a member of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society, was in mainland China at the time of the burglary, according to the police source, who asked not to be identified.

The thief walked into the 16-story building, pried open an iron gate and burst through a wooden door to get inside the apartment, according to AFP.

“There were signs of ransacking and therefore the guard called police,” a law enforcement source told the South China Morning Post. “The victim later confirmed that calligraphy and some stamps were missing.”

A general view of the skyline and buildings from the Beacon Hill in Hong Kong
A general view of the skyline and buildings from the Beacon Hill in Hong KongSOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett

Another police source said the value of the loot came to light when Fu sent his daughter to Hong Kong to assist in the investigation.

Police were hunting for two people seen on security footage leaving the building, the news outlet reported.

A third source told the Morning Post that the break-in did not appear to be “the work of professional burglars.”

“It was possible the burglars had information that the occupant was not in town and that his flat stored the expensive items,” the police source said.

In 2018, Fu organized an exhibition of Mao Zedong stamps in Hong Kong and displayed more than 200 items from his collection.

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Ex-Bloomberg construction exec pleads guilty to tax evasion

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A former construction executive at Bloomberg LLC pleaded guilty Tuesday to evading taxes on more than a million dollars of cash and gifts he received in a years-long bribery scheme, prosecutors said.

Anthony Guzzone accepted the bribes from subcontractors while working as director of global construction at Bloomberg from 2010 to 2017, prosecutors in Manhattan federal court said.

The subcontractors gave Guzzone cash, did work for him at his New Jersey mansion and gave him Super Bowl ticket packages in exchange for securing maintenance and construction contracts for Bloomberg projects, prosecutors said.

“Bribery and tax evasion each impose hidden, unfair costs on the law-abiding public. The sort of criminality admitted to by Anthony Guzzone imposes that burden widely, on customers, on employers, and on taxpayers. Guzzone now awaits sentencing for his crime,” Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement.

Guzzone worked with several associates in the scheme, including Michael Campana, a subordinate construction manager at the company, who was sentenced to two years in prison in July for dodging taxes on $420,000 he siphoned off.

Campana used the cash in part for personal expenses related to his 2017 wedding, including a $40,000 sum paid by contractors for a catering hall in New Jersey, prosecutors said.

Guzzone, Campana and two other defendants bilked subcontractors out of a total of more than $5 million in the scheme, authorities said.

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News anchor broke beer bottle on man’s head during argument

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A South Carolina TV news anchor smashed a beer bottle over a man’s head during a heated spat over politics, police said.

Kamie Jo Roesler, a 28-year-old morning news anchor for WIS-TV in Columbia, got into an argument with the 32-year-old victim while sitting outside Sunday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Argus Leader reported.

“We had a few people that were there and two of them began arguing,” police spokesman Sam Clemens told reporters Monday. “They know each other; they’re not in any type of relationship. The victim said that it was some type of political argument.”

Roesler allegedly grabbed a beer bottle and swung it at the man, cracking him in the head.

The victim, from Colton, South Dakota, refused medical attention at the scene for a cut to his face, saying he would see his own doctor for his injuries.

But it “looked like he was probably” going to need stitches after the assault, Clemens said.

Roesler was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault.

The victim didn’t provide any other details about the argument, Clemens said.

Roesler, who joined the South Carolina station more than a year ago, is originally from North Dakota. She previously worked for KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, WIS-TV reported.

Brad Hyatt, the station’s news director, declined to comment when reached Tuesday by The Post.

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BLM leader who plowed through protesters says she feared for her life

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BLM leader who plowed through protesters says she feared for her life

The Black Lives Matter protester charged with attempted murder in California for plowing through a crowd of Trump supporters insists she feared for her life — and only hit the gas after police ignored her pleas for help.

Tatiana Turner called 911 when she was surrounded by a hostile group of counter-protesters — some with firearms — during the “Caravan for Justice” protest she organized in Yorba Linda Saturday, her lawyer claimed.

She appealed to deputies at the scene — and only drove off after she “got the runaround” and her pleas for help were ignored, her attorney, Ludlow Creary II, told the Associated Press.

“Sheriff’s deputies on scene didn’t do anything and the crowd of Trump supporters grew,” Creary said. “It essentially was a hostile environment.”

Turner, 40, left a man and woman hospitalized with injuries as she drove through the crowd, as caught on video.

“She wasn’t trying to hit anybody,” Creary insisted. ”She wasn’t trying to hurt anybody.”

The sheriff’s department, however, said deputies did not think Turner was in danger when she accelerated into the crowd of people.

“It did not appear from the video we’ve been able to see that there was a direct threat,” spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.

“I wasn’t there and wasn’t sitting in the vehicle. I don’t want to say what she could, would or should have done. Clearly, any time an incident like this occurs it’s tragic for everybody involved.”

Turner is being held on $1 million bail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. She faces her first court appearance later Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court.

With Post wires

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