A diamond ring worth HK$1 million was found by a cleaning woman in Kowloon Park and turned over to the police, hours after three men robbed a Tsim Sha Tsui jewelry shop in broad daylight.
Two sledgehammers believed to have been used in the HK$24 million smash-and-grab heist were recovered at the site, Apple Daily reports.
Police officers combed Kowloon Park to gather evidence after a diamond ring was found on Tuesday night by a cleaner. The jewelry was later confirmed to be one of nine pieces stolen from the shop.
The woman, surnamed Wong, said she was on a lunch break when she spotted the ring on the ground.
At first, she thought the diamond was fake as it was nearly as big as a 10-cent coin.
After hearing news of the burglary, Wong checked the ring again and noticed that there were fine carvings on it including the words “Chow Sang Sang”.
Thinking the ring might have been part of the loot, she took it to the Tsim Sha Tsui police station.
Wong later told reporters that did what she had to do. “It was a very simple act. I got what wasn’t mine and I returned it, that’s all.”
Many of her colleagues praised Wong for being a “good person with strong moral values”.
Another cleaner, surnamed, Lee said they would generally pick up things inside the park and bring them to the lost and found counter at the security center.
“The more expensive the item, the more dangerous it is,” he said. “Even if I give you a big diamond, you wouldn’t be able to sell it without getting caught,” Lee said
Lau Hak-bun, director of Sales at Chow Sang Sang, was notified of the lost item on Wednesday. The ring is being kept as evidence while investigations are continuing.
No one has been arrested.
Lau said they would offer Wong a souvenir as a token of their appreciation.
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