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Chinese man robs store to fund ‘live-streaming addiction’

Suspect borrowed large amount of cash to pay for gifts for women broadcasting programmes on the internet, according to media reports

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 December, 2016, 12:35pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 December, 2016, 12:35pm

A man robbed a jewellery store in eastern China to pay back the large amount of money he had borrowed to send gifts to women live-streaming programmes on the internet, according to a newspaper report.

The man had borrowed 150,000 yuan (HK$167,000) in cash from mortgage companies to buy the presents, according to the Legal Daily.

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The 30-year-old, whose full name was not given, robbed a jewellery store in Jimo in Shandong province on December 22, according to the article.

He ran off after grabbing pieces of gold jewellery from counters.

He was arrested 19 hours later after police searched surveillance footage and identified the robber.

He was tracked down to a hotel in the neighbouring city of Weifang.

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He was quoted as saying he has a five-year-old daughter and managed to feed his family, but had become obsessed with women live-streaming programmes on the internet.

Hosts on live-streaming sites can make huge amounts with the rapid growth of the sector in China as viewers reward their favourites with virtual gifts that can be exchanged for cash.