Money scattered on New Territories highway leads to Hong Kong police probe
Motorist seen picking up some of the cash and driving off before officers arrived as exact amount spilled probed
About 200 banknotes amounting almost HK$9,000 were scattered across a New Territories highway on Tuesday morning, prompting Hong Kong police to cordon off the area and retrieve the cash.
Police are investigating whether passing motorists picked up some of the banknotes on Tsing Long Highway in Pat Heung before officers arrived.
Police said banknotes were found strewn across the highway after a white-coloured car exited the tunnel, pulled over for one minute and drove off.
“CCTV footage showed that a truck stopped there about 10 minutes later and its driver left the truck and picked up something before returning to the vehicle and driving off,” an officer said.
Police are looking for the two vehicles and their drivers in connection with the case
Police were alerted at about 9.30am after a motorist was seen picking money up off the road.
The section of the road was closed for about half an hour as officersretrieved the cash, and reopened at about 10am.
“Banknotes in various denominations amounting to HK$8,990 were found and most were HK$20 notes,’ a police source said.
Another source said police were looking over CCTV footage and checking roadside surveillance cameras in an effort to identify the person who left the money, and whether any passing motorists picked any up.
He said anyone who did pick up the cash could be charged with theft, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years jail.
Officers from Yuen Long police station are investigating.
On Christmas Eve 2014, more than HK$15 million went missing after a delivery van spilled bundles of HK$500 notes on busy Gloucester Road in Wan Chai, sparking a grabbing frenzy.