In a laudable act of honesty, a man turned in a HK$425,000 (US$54,000) Rolex he found to police.
Unfortunately, one cop at the station wasn’t as upstanding, allegedly.
A 27-year-old Hong Kong police officer appeared at court today accused of pocketing a luxurious timepiece handed in to Cheung Sha Wan police station in June last year, Ming Pao reports.
Chow Hop-chun, who faces one count of theft, allegedly put the Cally-Daytona model Rolex into his bag, instead of keeping in the station’s storeroom, West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court heard.
According to Ming Pao, the owner of the watch, surnamed Chung, had lost his pricy piece after hiding it under some clothes on a bench while playing football at sports ground.
Luckily one of his friends later found the watch returned it to police, likely assuming officers would see it returned.
The policeman was released on bail and will reappear at a later date.