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Masked robbers who looted mahjong players face charges

FIVE masked gangsters who robbed 13 people of more than 70,000 yuan (US$10,988) in a mahjong room in Jinshan District have been arrested on charges of robbery, city prosecutors said yesterday.

Six offenders, aged 17 to 25, allegedly covered their faces with black masks and broke into the mahjong room in Weilong Residential Community around the midnight of July 29.

Prosecutors said they held fruit knifes and rolling pins and forced the mahjong players to hand over five watches, 11 cell phones, two gold rings, one gold necklace, and more than 25,000 yuan cash.

Three gangsters were apprehended the next day and they led the police to find three other suspects. Tai Haibin, the gang leader, handed himself to the police on August 4.

The 25-year-old Tai said he got to know one of the gangsters, surnamed Mei, when they were both in police custody for theft last July.

After their release, the pair had no money left and decided to rob a mahjong room where players always gamble with cash, especially at weekends, the prosecutors said.

Tan and Mei then asked four friends to join them and armed themselves with five fruit knifes and two rolling pins before they set out at about 10pm on July 29.

Tan told prosecutors that they spent the looted money on entertainment and traveled to Hangzhou in neighboring Zhejiang Province the next day.

The five robbers could face jail sentences of more than ten years while the sixth was not arrested because he is under 18, according to the prosecutors.


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