Date
21 July 2017
The defendant was seen wearing the watch when he left Sau Mau Ping Police Station. Photo: Google Maps
The defendant was seen wearing the watch when he left Sau Mau Ping Police Station. Photo: Google Maps

Man on trial for stealing Rolex watch from police station

A man has denied stealing an expensive Rolex watch from Sau Mau Ping Police Station under the nose of police last year, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

A Kwun Tong magistrate’s court heard Wednesday that the man, surnamed Ma, 20, was arrested on the early morning of Sep. 26 last year along with another man, surnamed Ip, and a woman at Ip’s flat for suspected involvement with drug dealing.

Ma and the woman were granted bail later that day, while Ip remained in detention.

As Ma was leaving the station, a police officer on duty mistakenly gave him a Rolex that belonged to Ip.

The officer told the court he saw Ma wearing the watch when he left.

The woman went to the police station at 2 a.m. the next day to return a Rolex watch, saying it was Ma who told her to do so.

But police found that the returned Rolex was a knock-off, which cost only HK$250 instead of the HK$213,000 that Ip said his watch was worth.

Ma was arrested in Lok Ma Chau in October and charged with theft.

Whether the watch was genuine or not, Ma could be convicted of theft for taking an object that did not belong to him, the report said.

The judge is due to give a verdict Thursday.

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