A night of binge drinking to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival proved quite costly for a Taiwanese merchant.
He found out he lost about HK$23 million when he sobered up.
The victim, surnamed Yeung, who is in the precious metals business, invited three colleagues to the staff housing at The Wings II in Tsueng Kwan O to celebrate the festival on Sunday night, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Like Yeung, the three were also sent by their parent company in Taiwan for a business trip to Hong Kong.
The four had a great time, enjoying a sumptuous dinner followed by a lot of drinks.
Yeung later passed out for the rest of the night. He only woke up Monday afternoon and realized that his three colleagues had left.
He also found that his suitcase containing 70 kilograms of gold valued at around HK$23 million was missing.
Yeung tried to contact his three colleagues, but after failing to do so, he called the police for help.
Police classified the case as theft, surmising that the three had planned in advance to steal the precious goods from Yeung.
A CCTV footage from The Wings II management office showed the three leaving the building with two suitcases in the middle of the night.
Police were still trying to locate the three at presstime.
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