Police have recovered HK$6.4 million of the HK$15.23 million that went missing after it tumbled from a moving money transport van in Wan Chai on Christmas Eve.

So far 41 people have returned the cash to police, the force said yesterday afternoon.

“The case is still under investigation,” a police spokeswoman told the Sunday Morning Post.

Police said anyone who picked up the HK$1,000 and HK$500 notes from the scene should hand them over as soon as possible, otherwise they would be committing theft.

Barrister and lawmaker Alan Leong Kah-kit added: “If the persons who have taken cash from the scene volunteer to surrender it to the police in a short period of time, it is less likely for the police to charge them with theft as it may be harder to build a case.”

Three plastic boxes, each containing HK$17.5 million, fell on to Gloucester Road when a door of the G4S security van slid open.

Four G4S employees were sitting in the front seat of the vehicle, which was carrying a total of HK$270 million.

They didn’t notice the door had opened until they were in Kowloon.

Three people who were arrested on suspicion of theft have been released on bail, police said. They have not been charged.

Security cameras captured a man, 43, and a woman, 36, after their taxi stopped next to the spilled cash. Police found HK$165,000 under a bed in the man’s Kowloon Bay home… see more

source: scmp