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Chinese burglary suspect accused of dressing as a woman to break in to mobile phone shops

Man arrested after phones worth US$13,500 were stolen in nighttime raids

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 October, 2017, 2:25pm
UPDATED : Friday, 06 October, 2017, 4:23pm

Police in southeastern China have arrested a man accused of dressing as a woman to break into shops and steal dozens of mobile phones, according to an official report.

On September 20, a store in the city of Kaili in Guizhou province reported a midnight break-in during which 30 mobile phones were stolen.

Security footage showed a suspect, who wore high-heeled shoes and a long dress and was holding an umbrella even though it was not raining at the time.

A similar burglary took place nine days later at another local shop that lost 36 phones. Surveillance cameras picked out a similar-looking suspect.

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Because the suspect’s posture did not quite match a woman’s, the police suspected it was a man in female clothing.

When the police had identified a suspect they followed him back to a rented room on Thursday.

In his room, the police found wigs, masks, tape, dresses and make-up.

The suspect surnamed Yang, 46, is a local resident who was jailed between 2009 and 2017 for kidnapping and released in March, the police statement said.

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The 66 mobile phones that Yang is accused of stealing had a total value of more than 90,000 yuan (US$13,500).

When the police arrested him, Yang denied all the allegations at first, but the report posted on the police’s social media pages said he had confessed after officers confronted him with the props he allegedly used for his disguise.

The report said the police had retrieved all the stolen mobile phones and detained Yang for prosecution.