A bird thief in Chongqing was apprehended by cops after he confessed to stealing carrier pigeons worth a total of one million yuan, according to the Chongqing Economic Times.
Zhang Xin, 23, gave himself away on February 28 when he got on the city bus with a large woven bag, China Daily reports. The bus driver, surnamed Dai, inquired about the birds inside, and Zhang told him that he’d purchased some 30 pigeons from a village in the Dadu district. Dai, who just so happened to be a member of the Dadu district carrier pigeon Association, knew that nobody sold pigeons in the village and asked Zhang if he could take a look.
When our sleuth Dai saw rings tied to the birds, he knew that the were carrier pigeons, and slyly took a picture of Zhang through the bus’ rearview mirror, later helping police nab Zhang.
The pigeon thief confessed to cops that he’d come to town and stolen birds, worth 400 to 30,000 yuan, several times that month and sold them for 15 yuan each ‘to pay his debt and surf on the Internet’.
The most expensive racing bird ever purchased was a Belgian pigeon named Bolt (named after Usain) who was bought by a Chinese businessman for 400,000 USD.
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