Police tracked down an 18-year-old male suspected of robbing a jewelry store in Shanghai’s Jiading district on Tuesday, while recovering two gold chains said to be worth more than 40,000 yuan.
The suspect, surnamed Li, ran out of the jewelry store on Fengzhuang Road with the two gold chains after pretending that he wanted to buy them, Shanghai Daily reports.
The store’s salesperson, surnamed Mao, said Li had been to the store a few times before the robbery that day. He entered the store a final time around 2:45 p.m. and asked to check the two gold chains. He put one necklace on and then booked it with the other one in his hand.
A police officer said that he man had gotten onto a motorcycle after running to Qilianshan Road. The motorcyclist later told officers that Li had entered an entertainment venue nearby.
Yesterday, an officer noticed a man matching Li’s description as he was sitting in the backseat of a cab outside of the entertainment venue. After following the cab to a crossroad, Li was identified and detained.
The suspect told police that he’d sold one necklace for 17,000 yuan at a goldsmith and had already spent 2,200 yuan.
He said that his mother had left 10,000 yuan for him when she passed away, before he moved from Jilin province to Shanghai. Li’s father had also given him 20,000 yuan plus nearly 10,000 yuan every month. He’d managed to squander all the money gambling and needed a quick way to make some cash.