” Police made the first arrests on Thursday night after more than HK$15 million went missing on Christmas Eve after a money transport van owned by securities firm G4S spilled large bundles of cash over a busy road in Wan Chai.
Two passengers – a 43-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman – in a taxi that passed by Gloucester Road on Wednesday were arrested in Kowloon City and Tseung Kwan O respectively as police announced at around midnight on Friday that a total of HK$5.69 million had been recovered after 30 persons surrendered the banknotes to police.
The man is in the electronics recycling business while the woman is a cosmetologist. Both are said to be friends.
” We found the money stored under the bed at their homes and they admitted they took the money on Gloucester [Road] after getting off the taxi they were in,” said police chief inspector Addy Li Chi-kin at a media briefing outside an industrial building on 20 Sheung Yuet Road in Kowloon Bay where the male suspect arrested.
On Thursday afternoon, police said that 27 people had handed over cash, including two individuals who returned HK$1 million and one person who handed in HK$2 million.
The police had previously asked the public to help return the money that went missing in the frantic scramble, most of it in HK$500 notes, the equivalent of about US$65.
The vehicle was transporting a total of HK$270 million in cash. The HK$500 and HK$1,000 banknotes were contained in 30 plastic boxes.
Three of the boxes with a total of HK$52.5 million cash were dropped from a door of a G4S van. A total of HK$15.23 million in cash was later found to be missing.”