Hong Kong: Stolen in mid-air: Hong Kong-bound passenger loses HK$2 million in cash and valuables from overhead bin

A Turkish businessman who flew into Hong Kong yesterday from the Middle East could be the biggest victim of an inflight theft after HK$2 million worth of foreign currency and valuables was stolen from his cabin baggage stowed in an overhead compartment. The theft was reported amid a spate of cases involving criminals posing as travellers on long-haul flights, with some even flying business class to find their targets, the Post has learned.

Turkish watch merchant Mustasa Saci, 39, was flying aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai to Hong Kong when the money and valuables were stolen from his carry-on luggage. After the plane landed at Hong Kong International Airport and he disembarked, Saci realised the money and valuables in his bag were missing and sought help from airline staff who called police shortly after 6am.

“Initial investigation showed US$200,000 and two luxury watches – a Rolex and a Patek Philippe – were stolen from his bag and the total value was about HK$2 million,” a source with knowledge of the investigation said.

Police were treating the case as theft and investigating. So far, no one has been arrested.

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