HK$420,000 Rolex watch thought to be lost brought in by owner’s friend

The watch was left in the owner’s bag on a bench while he played soccer, and the next day his friend told police he had taken the watch by mistake

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 June, 2017, 2:53pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 June, 2017, 11:53pm

Hong Kong police are questioning a man over the disappearance of a HK$420,000 watch that went missing while its owner played soccer at a Sham Shui Po playground on Sunday night.

An initial investigation showed a bag carrying the Rolex Daytona watch was left on a bench at the junction of Fat Tseung Street West Playground and Ying Wa Street at about 10pm Sunday when its owner, surnamed Chung, went to play soccer with his friends there, police said.

Chung, 20, was understood to be working as a project manager at an engineering company and residing with his family at a luxury house in Tuen Mun.

The theft was discovered at about 11pm, when the match ended, and Chung went to retrieve the bag and found the watch gone.

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Police arrived after receiving his report shortly after 11pm. Officers from Sham Shui Po police district were handling the case and combed the area, but to no avail.

But on Monday afternoon, a friend of Chung’s brought the missing watch to Sham Shui Po police station, saying he had taken it by mistake, according to police.

At 6pm Monday, the man, in his 30s, was still helping with police inquiries at the station and no arrest had been made, police said.

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Police added the watch would later be returned to Chung.

Last week, a 61-year-old man lost his HK$20,000 jacket and a HK$4,000 pen while drinking at the Lan Kwai Fong entertainment hub in Central in the early hours of Tuesday. On Friday, a 63-year-old man had his waist bag carrying HK$20,000 and a mobile phone stolen while using a public toilet in Yau Ma Tei.

Police figures show there were 8,228 reports of theft across the city in the first four months of this year. There were 8,2914 cases over the same period last year.