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Gang of 4 held over smashed windows

FOUR suspects have been detained for allegedly smashing the windows of 35 cars at two residential complexes in Minhang District, a police official said yesterday.

The suspects have also been accused of stealing GPS devices, cash and winter coats from the vehicles, according to police.

Police said one other suspect is still at large and they are using clues provided by the others in the gang to track him down.

On Tuesday morning, residents at a complex on Jingfu Road woke to find the windows of 18 cars had been smashed. Three GPS navigators, cash and a prepaid gasoline card were reported as missing.

The same day, another 17 car owners found their windows had been smashed and similar items stolen at an unguarded parking lot still under construction on Humin Road in Minhang.

According to police, the five suspects have been recorded by street surveillance cameras near both locations.

A white van was parked near both locations and police said suspects likely used it.

Police used these clues to track the suspects to Baoshan District.

Three suspects were caught on Thursday while in an Internet cafe in Baoshan. Police seized the stolen GPS devices and cash, according to officers. Later, another suspect was caught while sleeping in a hotel room in Baoshan.

On Tuesday, residents and security guards told Shanghai Daily that they didn't hear any noise that night when the windows were smashed.

Police officers said residents probably didn't hear anything because they had shut their windows while the guards likely were trying to avoid responsibility.

The property management company at the Jingfu Road complex fired two security guards due to the incident.


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