A jobless man who rammed his way into a supermarket in Zhabei district and made off with more than 70 cartons of cigarettes and a safe box containing over 140,000 yuan in cash was caught by police at a construction site.
The 32-year-old man, surnamed Jiang, is a migrant worker from Hunan who’d been working in Shanghai for over three years. He recently quit his job, and ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, thought he ought to bring some presents home to his family in Hunan. He decided to break into the supermarket on Changzhong Road on February 9.
After he failed to break open the door lock with a crowbar, he rammed into it with his body until he was finally able to break the door down, Shanghai Daily reports. Then he got to grabbing. The man took 75 cartons of cigarettes worth over 30,000 yuan and some non-alcoholic drinks, the report specifies.
In a very bold move, he also grabbed a safe containing 140,000 yuan in cash and, unable to open it, walked out of the store with the thing on his shoulders like one would with a stereo in 1984.
After cashing in the cigs, Jiang finally got his train ticket home. Sadly, he would never make the (business class, mind you) journey. Police used surveillance footage to track him down to a Putuo construction site. In an even sadder ending, he never was able to open that safe.
by Luke Sun
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