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Maid loots home when family on New Year trip

A maid has been detained for allegedly stealing her employer's possessions worth more than 200,000 yuan in Changning District, city police said today.

The suspect surnamed Xu was hired by the victim's daughter, police said. But Xu, 35, knew the family well and visited their home before, police added.

Xu forged the door key and stole a safe and other possessions from the house when the family were on holiday trip during the past Spring Festival, police said.

When the family returned on February 7 they found the home burglarized and called the police. Police soon found it was an inside job.

Officers said Xu left the city by plane on January 27 and suddenly returned on February 2. She left again to her hometown on February 3.

The victim's daughter told the police that Xu once asked them if they would go out during the holiday.

Shanghai police arrived in Xu's hometown in southern China on February 9 and began investigation.
Xu gave herself in on February 12 and was brought back to Shanghai, police said.


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