Two Algerian men were arrested by Jing’an district police on suspicion of stealing more than 20 leather jackets from high-end stores in Shanghai, all together worth a whopping total of 1.5 million yuan.
According to police, the thieves made off with four jackets worth a total of 1.14 million yuan on March 22 alone. One of these items was an 800,000 yuan crocodile-skin jacket swiped from the luxury menswear store Stefano Ricci, located on Nanjing West Road.
Police visited the retailer, along with another high-end store on the bustling shopping street that had reported thefts, and noticed on surveillance footage that the same pair of foreigners had entered both stores on March 23 and were acting “suspiciously”.
The two men, aged 50 and 57, would take turns distracting the salespeople by asking to try items on while the other left with the jackets, police later discovered.
Surveillance footage showed that the men boarded a city bus to make their getaway, and police were able to track the route to find out where they were staying—a hotel on Qingpu Road in Hongkou district.
On March 24, police raided the hotel and found 20 high-end leather pieces, ranging from jackets to briefcases, that were taken from six stores in Pudong, Huangpu and Jing’an districts.
Apparently they had booked tickets to return to Algeria on the next day.