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Police nab bogus home-removal gang

PUDONG New Area police have warned people to use legitimate home-relocation companies and beware of illegally posted advertising flyers as burglars have been active.

Police have busted a gang for allegedly imitating well-known city removers and making off with people's possessions.

Six suspects have been detained and property recovered, including jewelry, cell phones and cash, valued at more than 20,000 yuan (US$2,928), according to police.

As there were many removal companies available, it was essential that people chose licensed operators with an office, police said.

"It's even better to go to the office and check if the company has a license," an officer said.

Last month, a woman surnamed Li called police and said staff of the removal company she hired were searching through her chest of drawers. Police later found that the workers were not in the same uniform and their truck did not have any company logo.

Officers started to investigate the group and found that they usually stuck small flyers on the streets and hired trucks once they received business.

The six suspects were then taken in for questioning and confessed to burglary, police said.

The suspects, led by a man surnamed Shi, are from provincial areas police have refused to disclose as the case is ongoing.

Shi and his group started to do removal jobs after they came to the city early this year and gradually became a burglary gang by posing as members of legitimate removal companies, police said.

Officers said the gang had committed 15 burglaries across the city in less than two months.


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