Chinese man accused of stealing gold from factory in his shoes

Worker smuggled the precious metal out of the plant at the end of his shifts to help pay off gambling debts, news website reports

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 July, 2017, 2:18pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 July, 2017, 2:18pm

A man from eastern China was arrested and accused of stealing gold from a factory processing the precious metal to help pay off his gambling debts, according to a news website report.

The man hid thin threads of gold in his shoes after shifts working in the factory in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, Sina.com reported.

The man, 27, was detained after he went to a jewellery store to sell the gold, according to the report.

The man, whose full name was not given, had run up gambling debts and also needed to support his family of three children.

He borrowed money on his credit card without telling his wife. He later came up with his plan to steal gold from his employer as he was in charge of processing the metal to turn it into thread, according to the report.

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The article said his wife worked in the same factory and their total monthly salary was 10,000 yuan (US$1,480).

Police were alerted after a member of staff at the factory spotted the abnormal amount of gold reported as wastage during production.