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Chinese man accused of masterminding theft of US$376,000 from his uncle’s Maserati

Nephew, 23, questioned by police after his two associates are caught on camera stealing cash from luxury vehicle left in car park

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 October, 2017, 5:39pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 October, 2017, 5:39pm

Police in southern China have questioned three men in connection with the theft of 2.5 million yuan (US$376,000) from a luxury car.

The prime suspect is the 23-year-old nephew of the owner of a Maserati that was left in a car park in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, with the money in its boot, according to an online statement made by the city’s police on Friday.

The owner of the vehicle, surnamed Yang, contacted the police on Thursday after finding the money had been taken, the statement said. It did not say why the man had such a large amount of cash in his possession.

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After studying footage from a surveillance camera in the car park, police were able to identify two men who were seen breaking in to the car in the early hours of Thursday morning and leaving with the money.

They were later discovered to be associates of the owner’s nephew, also called Yang, who claimed they were acting under his instruction.

After police spoke to Yang the younger and his father, all three suspects handed themselves in to the authorities later on Thursday morning, the statement said.

They also returned the stolen cash, it said.