$2 million cash grab in streets of Hong Kong

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HONG KONG, China (WGN-TV)— Two people were arrested Thursday evening after police said they grabbed some of the nearly 15.23 million Hong Kong dollars that spilled from a money transport van onto a street on Christmas Eve.

A man and a woman of no relation are accused of stealing bank notes off the street and hiding the money in their respective homes.

Authorities said 29 people have voluntarily returned the money resulting in HK$5.7 million bring returned. Those that voluntarily brought back the money likely will not face charges, police said.

It was a wild scene as last-minute shoppers in Hong Kong were treated to a Christmas Eve cash grab as the money was strewn about the street.

Three cash boxes had fallen from the van, resulting in the loss of an estimated 15.23 million Hong Kong dollars (nearly $2 million U.S.), police said Thursday.

A statement from the security company that operates the cash transport van, G4S, said “the majority” of the money has been recovered from the scene.

The statement also said, “We will take urgent steps to prevent any similar cases happening again in the future.”

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