A gang of thieves who came from Guangxi to burglarize homes in Shanghai were caught red-handed by cops at the city’s Hongqiao Airport as they were attempting to flee from a robbery on July 31, China daily reports.
The Shanghai public security division received reports from numerous victims who said that expensive and valuable items had gone missing from their homes, including cash, jewelry and watches.
After investigating security footage from the various complexes, police discovered some similarities in the cases and concluded that all the robberies had been carried out by the same group of people. Not long after, the group was caught at the airport.
The four suspects, including two men and two women, had no stable jobs and survived by stealing in Guangxi. After one of the suspects, surnamed Chen, heard that committing theft in another city was less risky, they targeted Shanghai.
“Shanghai has more rich people. Moreover, it’s big. So it’s easier to run away,” Chen later told police. Apparently not that easy.
Upon their arrival in the city, the group checked into hotel rooms. When they met up to burglarize homes, each person had his or her own duty to carry out before leaving separately.
“Sometimes, we disguised ourselves as couples when we were ready to leave the complex because leaving as a couple is usually not too suspicious,” Chen added.
Chen confessed to police that they had committed similar thefts on three occasions. They stole three watches, six gold pendants and a large amount of cash, all worth of around 600,000 RMB.
Baoshan District’s People’s Procuratorate in Shanghai had approved of the four suspects’ arrest.
By Lucy Liu
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