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Wealthy Chinese man robs five women in one night ‘for the thrill’

Jobless 26-year-old supported by his family snatches 15,000 yuan in total but tells police he didn’t need the money

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 July, 2016, 3:50pm
UPDATED : Friday, 29 July, 2016, 4:45pm

A man who robbed a total of 15,000 yuan (HK$17,400) from five different women on one night in southwest China told police that he didn’t need the money and committed the crimes for the thrill of it, according to a mainland newspaper report.

The 26-year-old man, surnamed Wang, followed two women in Chengdu, Sichuan province at about 9pm on the evening of July 15, grabbed their handbags and ran off with them. He took the cash and left the handbags beside the Jin River, the West China Metropolis Daily reported.



The police identified Wang from the footage and tracked him down on July 23. He immediately admitted his guilt, the article said.

According to the police, Wang robbed three other women on that night and admitted to 10 robberies in total. While police know Wang took about 15,000 yuan on July 15, he could not tell them how much he stole in the other robberies.

Wang said that even though he was aware that he had broken the law, he could not stop himself after committing his fifth robbery.

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He lives a comfortable life with his well-off family in their two-storey, 2,200 sq ft duplex. He does not need to work as his family supports him, he said. His mother bought him a car worth more 20,000 yuan and he bought a motorcycle in May with his pocket money.

Wang spent his days at home playing video games and would go out to parties at night. He said he worked as a security guard but quit after a few months, because he “disliked the restrictions of work”.