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Chinese woman steals outfit but doesn’t like coat colour, so returns next day to steal another

Police who answered shop’s theft report recognise suspect on live surveillance

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 November, 2016, 2:49pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 November, 2016, 4:23pm

A Chongqing woman who stole a coat from a local store but was dissatisfied with the colour, returned to the same shop the next day to steal another, and was caught by police investigating the first theft.

The middle-aged woman tried on a black coat, black shirt and pair of black pants on Wednesday last week and left the store wearing them, leaving her own clothes in the shop’s fitting room, the Chongqing Business News reported. She returned the next day and attempted to take a red coat using the same method.

Brazen Chinese thief caught after he tries to steal again from the same shop dressed in clothes he took just a day before

A shop assistant realised the three items, worth a total of 1,000 yuan (HK$1,138), were missing at the end of the day, and called the police the next morning.

As police were checking footage from the previous day to identify a suspect, the same woman showed up on a live surveillance camera.

After entering the shop, she again tried on a similar shirt and pants, and a red down coat, and moved to the exit, where she was met by several policemen waiting outside.

She was caught trying to leave and is now under detention.

The woman confessed and said she was trying to change the coat rather than steal two. She had left the black coat in a shop next door and planned to return it when she had taken the red one, she said.

She had wanted a new coat to wear it to the wedding of her nephew this week but her husband refused to give her money to buy one, so she had decided to steal one, she said.