A police officer at the Cheung Sha Wan police station is under investigation for allegedly tampering with evidence, a Rolex Daytona watch worth HK$420,000, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The 21-year-old owner of the special edition watch, surnamed Chung, had reported to the police that he could not find it after he played soccer with friends at Fat Tseung Street West Playground in Cheung Sha Wan on Sunday night.
But a friend later admitted having taken the Swiss luxury watch “by mistake” and brought it to the police station the next day.
On Wednesday Chung went back to the police station to collect his watch after producing proof of purchase, Apple Daily reported.
But a police officer said he had lost the watch in question and decided to replace it with a counterfeit Rolex watch that he owns in the station’s evidence room, sources said. Later, however, he was able to find the genuine watch.
Police said it was a serious incident and decided to conduct an investigation, primarily to determine if it was a case of negligence or theft.
A statement was taken from the police officer, but he was not arrested.
Chung, an engineering project contractor, said he bought the Rolex watch as a gift to himself for landing a HK$1 million deal early last year.
The particular model (Ref. 116506), a platinum version of the Daytona watch with an “ice blue” dial matched with a brown ceramic bezel and chronograph subdials, was rolled out to commemorate the iconic model’s 50th anniversary.
Chung said it was his second Rolex watch.
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