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Car lock blocking thief gets 7-year jail sentence

A MAN who used a wireless transmitter to secretly prevent drivers from locking their cars and then stole belongings worth more than 63,000 yuan (US$9,954) has been sentenced to seven years in prison and fined 10,000 yuan.

Xuhui District People's Court said Gao Qingwen, 41, targeted drivers who left belongings in their cars. He used a transmitter to interfere with their remote control signals as they tried to lock their vehicles.

Around 10 drivers in Shanghai and Beijing fell victim to Gao between May and September last year. In one case, Gao stole an iPhone, an LV card holder, a Montblanc briefcase and 30,000 yuan from a victim in the Pudong New Area.

Prosecutors said Gao would loiter around a car and pretend to make a phone call. As soon as the driver left, he would steal the valuables.

Gao denied all accusations and said he had never been to the theft spots. The items police seized in his room were not stolen, he said.

But the court ruled that Gao was the man in the surveillance video shown by the prosecutors.

Gao's wife was sentenced to seven months in prison for concealing his illegal income.


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