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Hong Kong police officer guilty of stealing $75,000 ‘lost property’ Rolex

A Hong Kong police officer was on Wednesday found guilty of stealing a HK$425,000 (S$75,097) Rolex watch that was turned in as lost property.

Constable Chow Hop-chun, 28, claimed he put the blue-dialled Rolex Cally-Daytona in his belt bag on June 26, 2017, to await instructions on how to package it for the exhibit office. He said he forgot the watch was in his bag when he got distracted by his police duties that day.

Chow said he searched Cheung Sha Wan Police Station as soon as he realised the watch was missing and put his own counterfeit black-dialled Rolex in the exhibit office to “buy time”. He said he bought his watch in Shenzen for a few hundred dollars.

The District Court heard that Chow returned the real Rolex to the exhibit office, and retrieved his own watch and threw it away, after a call from the owner who had been told his expensive watch was at the police station.

But District Judge Katherine Lo Kit-yee found Chow’s story unbelievable. She observed that he had no reason to put the watch in his bag in the first place and that his behaviour aroused suspicion that he wanted it for himself.

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