A sergeant at Wan Chai Police Station disappeared at the same time that HK$1.07 million (US$140,000) in bail money kept in a safe at the station went missing, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Tuesday.
The 43-year-old acting duty officer, surnamed Cheung, reportedly went to Macau after he handed in his pistol at around 11 a.m. Monday.
Cheung’s superiors discovered the bail money missing from a one-meter-tall safe in the report room.
The only key is held by the duty officer and is handed from one shift to the next.
Cheung, who joined the force in 1992 and was promoted to sergeant in May last year, lives in married quarters in Yau Tong with his wife and 21-year-old daughter, Apple Daily reported.
He was appointed acting duty officer in the report room after the duty officer went on holiday April 17.
Cheung reported for duty at 7 a.m. Monday but then sent a message through WhatsApp to his colleagues at around 11 a.m., after he left the police station, saying the key to the safe was in a drawer.
The station commanders soon found that four bags of bail money were missing.
Police got in touch immediately with Cheung’s wife, who told them he has seldom returned home lately.
Cheung’s wife said she had no idea whether her husband had debts.
Police are investigating the case, which they have classified as theft.
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