Manager charged with stealing $500 at HSBC

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A Filipino restaurant manager was charged with stealing money that was left behind in an ATM machine in Causeway Bay.

Mark R.B., an HK resident, admitted at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts to stealing the $500 bill that belonged to K.Y. Tsui, a Chinese national.

“I plead guilty,” Mark told Eastern Magistrate Veronica Heung Shuk-han on October 19.

The prosecution said the incident happened between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on February 23 at an HSBC ATM machine on the first floor of the Park Lane Hong Kong hotel along Gloucester Road.

The complainant withdrew $500 from the ATM machine but forgot to take the money before leaving. The complainant later returned but the money was gone.

A check of the CCTV footage showed that Mark had taken the $500 and then used the ATM machine using his own ATM card.

The defendant later surrendered to the police and admitted to stealing the money. Mark’s lawyer said he came to Hong Kong with his family in 1993, when he was still 11 years old.

He grew up in the city and is now married with children. The lawyer said the defendant was remorseful for what happened and was ready to pay back the money he took.