Shenzhen crime spree escalates

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 December, 2004, 12:00am

The opening of a Shenzhen subway station has been delayed after an armed gang raided the construction site and stole the escalator.

Gouwugongyuan station, outside the Shenzhen Exhibition Centre, was to have opened on December 28.

Two dozen armed men burst into the unfinished station on Thursday and stole all the building materials. 'They told us not to move and started to loot the place. They even took away the escalator and six steel pillars,' one construction worker said.

The robbers went back to the site, protected by just a few security guards, twice in the afternoon to continue their looting.

Other subway station sites had also been looted in recent weeks, one worker said. 'A few days ago they robbed another site a few kilometres from here. They even sent in a crane to lift their loot onto trucks. It's completely lawless.'