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Police bust gang of midnight car thefts

MINHANG District police have detained four suspects of a gang who smashed the windows of 35 cars at two locations in the district to steal GPS devices, cash and even down coats, a police official said today.

But one suspect is still at large and police are hunting him with clues from other gang members.

On Tuesday morning, residents in an apartment complex on Jingfu Road woke up to find the windows of 18 cars smashed and three GPS navigators, some cash and a prepaid gasoline card were stolen.

On the same day, another 17 car owners found their cars robbed over night in an unguarded parking lot on Humin Road.

Police found five suspects in surveillance video recorded by cameras near the two locations. They also saw a white van was used to carry the suspects and their tools.

With these clues, the police tracked down the gang in their hideout in Baoshan District. Three suspects were caught yesterday afternoon when they were playing video games in an Internet cafe. Police seized all the stolen GPS navigators and cash.

The fourth suspect was caught last night when he was sleeping in a hotel in Baoshan.

The gang bust put an end to the "silent robbery" that mystified the residents of the affected areas.

Police said the thieves used normal hammers. The residents didn't hear the noise because room windows were shut in chilly winter night.

Two security guards of one complex were fired by the property management company after the incident.


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