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Dedicated criminal dad puts away 400,000 stolen yuan for son’s wedding

He told police the buried loot was in turn stolen by others. His wife told them the truth

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 June, 2017, 6:18pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 June, 2017, 11:28pm

In preparation for his young son’s far-off wedding one day, a dedicated father hid 400,000 yuan (US$59,000) in an urn that he buried in a mountain cave in southern China.

Unfortunately for the son, dad’s a crook. The 41-year-old man, surnamed Wang, stole the cash from the safe of the factory where he worked in the industrial city of Dongguan, in Guangdong province, last month.

Captured by police two weeks ago, Wang confessed that he had gone alone to the factory in the middle of the night to steal mobile phones from a workers’ dormitory. Failing to find any, he broke into the accounting office and tried to open the safe.

Unable to open or move it, he called the other man named Pan, aged 52, for help. Together they literally cracked the safe by throwing it from the second-floor window, and shared the cash.

The duo each took 400,000 yuan to their home province of Guizhou and kept the remainder in their rented home in Dongguan. They were seized on May 21 and 23 respectively.

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After their detention, police discovered Wang’s money in the mountain cave. He had dug similar cave opposite the slope, as a decoy and told police that was where he kept the money until some unknown person stole it. Unfortunately, his wife told the police the true story.

Nearly all the cash has been retrieved, and both men are in detention.