Tout arrested over fake watches

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 August, 2008, 12:00am

A suspected asylum seeker from Bangladesh who was paid HK$50 a day touting counterfeit watches in Tsim Sha Tsui was arrested when he went to pick up a fake watch from a car yesterday.

Officers seized about 250 counterfeit watches bearing famous brands such as Rolex, Cartier, Gucci and Longines from the car. The haul is worth about HK$100,000.

Police said the fake watches were sold for between HK$800 and HK$3,000 each to tourists.

Acting on a tip-off, officers laid an ambush in a car park in the basement of a Peking Road office block in the morning. The arrest was made around midday when the man, 35, got into a car to collect a watch.

'Initial investigation showed that the man was recruited to work as a tout and he went to the car park to pick up the fake for a buyer,' Sergeant Chu Chi-kong said.

He said the suspect, who was paid HK$50 a day, had been touting counterfeits in the area for about a week.

A recognisance form issued by the Immigration Department found on him allows the holder to remain in the city temporarily but work is not permitted. The man was being detained and no charge was immediately laid. Officers were trying to track down the owner of the car, which had not been reported stolen.

Tsim Sha Tsui police have recently noticed that fake goods are being stored in cars in a car park in the district. Describing such vehicles as 'mobile storage', Sergeant Chu said: 'The car is not parked in the same place for a long time. It is moved around to different car parks in an attempt to avoid detection.'