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Metro commuters at it again; thief nabbed

METRO passengers nabbed a pickpocket on Line 3 on Monday evening in the latest story of good deeds by commuters.

The suspect, wearing a check shirt, was allegedly trying to steal a cellphone from a teenager on a Line 3 train about 6pm, when a middle-aged woman nearby took notice. The woman screamed for attention and grabbed the man's shirt, witnesses said. Several passengers soon came to her assistance and caught hold of the man on the train.

The story was later posted on and was re-posted by police with their verified account as confirmation. The original post had earned more than 1,300 re-posts in one day.

"Good job! Thanks to the good people!" commented a netizen surnamed Tang.

The case on Monday was a second published Good Samaritan story this month following the more famous incident in August, in which a young man suffered cuts to his left hand while catching a pickpocket on a Metro station.

On October 9, Metro passengers and workers helped police catch a suspected thief at a station on Line 9, Shanghai Daily reported earlier. The incident happened about 9am at Caohejing Station. The suspect was seen trying to steal an iPhone from a passenger at a turnstile, according to witnesses, who added that the suspect tried to hide among the crowd before trying to escape.

When the suspect made a run for it someone shouted "Alert, thief." Some young men followed the suspect onto the platform, where he was caught by police, passengers and Metro workers.

On August 29, a 21-year-old man Zhou Chuanjin had two tendons of his left hand cut while trying to catch a thief at the underground pedestrian way of Shanghai Railway Station on Metro Line 3 and Line 4.

According to the surveillance camera, the suspect stole a cellphone from a girl, which Zhou witnessed. He then caught the man and returned the phone to the girl Xu Jia. But before Zhou could take the suspect to police, the man suddenly took out a knife from his bag and slashed at Zhou's hand, before fleeing the scene.

The thief was caught by police later.

Zhou's bravery not only touched the city but even brought accolades from across the country, with the national television network CCTV broadcasting a news show about him recently. Both Shanghai and Zhou's hometown in Anhui Province honored him and local hospital treated his injured hand for free.

"Society is not indifferent at all and many people treated me very well," Zhou said.

"I was taught to help others since I was very little and the thought is always in my mind. I believe it's the right thing to help others and the people around me think the same."


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