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A picture perfect crime this was not

A thief is being warned by local police that he may as well give himself up because they have his photo. The reason? He snatched a camera from a shop but left behind his own digital images taken by it minutes earlier.

The man was described as having "distinctively large earlobes," which likely won't help him hide for long.

And in a clear tactical error, he paid for a set of passport photos before stealing the camera in the small photo shop on Guanzhong Road W.

"It was the only camera in the shop that was used for all services," said a store attendant, surnamed Huang. "It cost 10,000 yuan (US$1,550). If it could not be retrieved, I would sure be ordered to compensate part of the loss."

She was the only worker inside the store when the theft took place. She recalled the "red T-shirt customer" behaved strangely as he kept looking around without asking for any service.

When Huang approached him, he asked to take a set of the "cheapest" passport photos. The woman took photos of him and transferred them to the computer. The man paid for the service and left.

But when she put aside the camera and started to clean the shop, the man returned and grabbed the camera. Huang said she ran after him until he jumped on a bicycle by the road and got away.

Two days after she reported the loss, she realized she had the thief's passport photos in the computer, she said.

Police is urging the thief with a Jiangsu Province accent to surrender.


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