Police in Henan announced yesterday the successful capture of a gang of notorious shallot thieves who had recently killed a farmer while looting his land of all the onions they could carry.
According to the police report, in the early hours of August 25th, a farmer and his wife from outside of Xinxiang city happened upon three people stealing from their crop of onions. The elderly farmer confronted the thieves, who used either bricks or stones to beat him and his wife to the ground. The farmer would later die from his injuries, according to The Paper.
The gang then took off on an electric tricycle loaded down with 50 kilograms of shallots.
Police soon issued an alert and description of the suspects given by the farmer’s wife and announced a 30,000RMB reward for information that would lead to their capture. However, the initial police report left out the fact of any confrontation, much less that an elderly villager had been bludgeoned to death. Fellow villagers told local reporters that they were concerned that police would decide to withhold this kind of information. Shallot thieves are one thing. Murderous shallot thieves are quite another.
Henan police captured the three suspects on Wednesday before their shallot spree could continue any farther.
No reports yet if the police have decided to give themselves the reward money.