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Police get loot back to owners

SHANGHAI police returned tons of stolen goods to their rightful owners across the city yesterday, authorities said.

Pudong New Area police said they had detained more than 1,500 suspects in a recent campaign from November 10 to December 31 and traced over 1,300 stolen items including cars, laptops, watches, jewelry, cameras and electric bicycles.

The crackdowns were also held in other districts across the city and as a result the crime rate was lowered by 6 percent compared to the average of the past few years during the same period, city police said.

Vice Mayor Zhang Xuebing yesterday visited a resident surnamed Xing whose fruit store on downtown Changde Road, Jing'an District, was robbed of 40,000 yuan (US$6,335) in 1999.

The suspect was detained by police when the case was solved by the end of last year, and Zhang yesterday returned the money to Xing in person.

In another case on December 16, a villager surnamed Shen in suburban Jinshan District forgot to take out his credit card after getting cash from an ATM. The next day he found that 2500 yuan of his account was stolen.

Police found the resident who took the money through surveillance cameras and returned the money to Shen yesterday.


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