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Electrician caught stealing cables

A former electrician was caught for allegedly stealing cables worth more than 7,000 yuan (US$1,000), Shanghai's Minhang District police said today.

The suspect surnamed Yu reportedly stole power cables four times in the residential area neighboring Yu's residence, the police said.

Yu was an electrician for a renovator who was fired for his gambling addiction, the police said. Without a stable income, Yu's debts increased more and more, which pushed Yu to crime.

Yu committed most of the thefts in newly built or decorated apartments, where the residents had not moved in, to avoid being caught.

Yu was caught in the early hours of Wednesday morning while stealing from another household in the residential area.

Minhang police said they would beef up the crackdown on cable theft and increase patrols.


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