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False ID helps cop capture fugitive

CALL it "unlucky." A fugitive was caught when he tried to trick a policeman by using someone else's ID card - the card belonged to another wanted person.

The suspect, Li Chuanyi, saw his days on the run come to an end on a train heading to Shanghai on Wednesday night.

The drama happened on the train from Anhui Province, on which railway police officer Wang Yue was on a routine patrol about 7:30pm.

Li caught Wang's attention as he tried to evade the officer's eyes, so Wang asked Li to show his ID card. The man turned out his pockets and reluctantly presented the ID, police said.

Wang checked the card on his police palmtop computer and found it belonged to a fugitive named Jiang Jian.

Jiang was wanted as he had scammed 50,000 yuan (US$7,600) in 2008.

Following the officer's further inquiries, Li claimed that he had lost his ID card and borrowed one from a friend.

"I turned the heat on the man a little bit and asked if he had given me a fake name," said officer Wang.

Li confessed that his real name was Li Chuanyi and he was from Anhui, police said.

Checking online, Wang found out Li was also a fugitive and handcuffed him.

Li scammed 20,000 yuan in a home decoration project in June last year in Shanghai, police said.

Shanghai Railway Police said they have taken in eight fugitives and 201 ticket -scalpers on trains and local railway stations since early January.


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