Mainland visitor leaves $150,000 in back of taxi

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 July, 2004, 12:00am

A mainland visitor probably took one of the most expensive taxi rides in Hong Kong yesterday when he left his briefcase, containing $150,000 in cash and a Rolex watch, in the back seat.

The 50-year-old man left his brown briefcase in the taxi when he was on his way to meet a Hong Kong friend in Tsim Sha Tsui yesterday afternoon. It was the first day of Mr Wong's trip to the city.

He told police he forgot his briefcase when he got out of the cab at a taxi stand in Canton Road, outside the Ocean Centre, about 2.30pm.

'He realised that his briefcase containing the cash and female watch was not in his hand just after the taxi left the stand,' a police spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said Mr Wong did not notice the registration number of the cab or the name of the driver.

Police did not reveal where Mr Wong flagged down the cab. It is understood that police will contact taxi associations in an attempt to find the lost cash and property.

Police are appealing to the taxi driver who picked up the mainlander, and any member of the public with information, to contact them on 2527 7177.