Chinese boy who wanted to go out to play on school day went on a spree after stealing mother’s purse

The eight-year-old decided to play truant after the Labour Day holiday and decided to enjoy a day off at his mother’s expense

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 May, 2018, 4:08pm
UPDATED : Friday, 04 May, 2018, 4:32pm

A eight-year-old boy in southwest China, who took his mother’s purse and went off gallivanting at her expense, was only found 10 hours later when he was caught trying to withdraw money, a news site has reported.

On Wednesday, the day after Labour Day public holiday, the young boy decided he did not want to go back to school.

He slipped away from his home in Shima town in Chongqing municipality at breakfast time while his mother was in the toilet, taking 120 yuan (US$18.89) in cash and a bank card, QQ.com reported.

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His parents searched the streets of Dazu county, an area famous for its rock carvings, before they reported him missing at the local police station.

Surveillance cameras had captured footage of the boy running into the town but apart from one possible sighing they heard nothing more until 4pm, when Wang received a call from Chongqing Rural Commercial Bank to say a child with her bank card had attempted to withdraw money from the ATM, but it had been swallowed after he entered the wrong PIN too many times.

It turned out that the boy had spent the money on buying snacks at the supermarket and food from KFC.

With the final 15 yuan he bought popcorn at the cinema, but, after discovering there was not enough cash to buy a ticket, he attempted to withdraw more money.

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His mother said she was relieved that there had not been more than 120 yuan in her purse because otherwise her son might never have been found.

“He definitely went out to play!”, Wang added, saying that although they took their son out over the public holiday, he clearly he had not had enough.

The case echoes a recent one in Australia, where a 12-year-old boy from Sydney stole his parents’ credit card and tricked his grandmother into giving him his passport after a family argument.

The boy managed to book a flight to Bali and travelled there alone before checking into a hotel on the Indonesian holiday island.