In an odd turn of events, police officers in Xi’an arrived at the scene of a crime last week, only to have to save the thief from an angry mob.
After being caught stealing a pair of stockings from a girls’ dormitory at Xi’an’s Physical Education University, the inebriated thief was pursued by a mob of nearly 1,500 angry students, according to the Global Times. It is believed that the students were up late anyway to watch Kobe Bryant’s last basketball game (though that game tipped off in the early morning in China, so who knows?)
Several martial arts students in the crowd had already beaten the man in question before the police could arrive and take him away for questioning. According to the man, he had vomited, prompting him to grab the stockings to wipe his face. Ewww. No report on how he managed to get inside the dorm in the first place.
Reactions to the surveillance video ranged from sympathy for the man to theories that the students were just venting their disappointment over Kobe’s retirement.
Regardless, we should just be happy that no one tried to drunkenly steal a horse. Again.
By Anjana Venugopal
[Images via Global Times]