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Pair arrested for plot to steal cars in Shanghai

TWO men have been arrested in Shanghai for attempting to steal luxury sedans with a fake bomb, a newspaper reported today.

Their targets were Okura Garden Hotel and high-end residential quarters, including Shanghai Grand Plaza and Da'an Garden, Oriental Morning Post reported today.

Police were alerted on June 5 of a box containing a bomb at a garden on Changle Road near Shaanxi Road S. in Luwan District.

Police rushed to the scene only to find the suspicious bomb was a fake. The box contained sand-filled carbon primers linked to wires and a mobile phone chip.

A week later, police detained a man surnamed Bi and another surnamed Jin. Both later confessed to having made the "bomb," the report said.

According to the newspaper, Bi said he came up with the idea of stealing cars after losing his job as a KTV guard earlier this year. He owed gambling debts of 90,000 yuan (US$13,174).

His plot won support from Jin, who he met online.

Bi then made the fake bomb modeled on a picture he downloaded from a Website, the report said.

In the following months, the duo made several unsuccessful attempts to steal luxury sedans at the Japanese hotel.

On June 4, an attempt at Shanghai Grand Plaza also failed after they were denied entrance by the quarter's electronic gate.

They then visited a nearby Internet café, leaving the fake bomb in the garden. They planned to retrieve it the next day, the report said.


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