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Pregnant women are convicted of stealing

THREE pregnant women who had stolen about 60,000 yuan (US$9,774) from grocery stores were sentenced to up to two years and three months in jail, Jinshan District People's Procuratorate said yesterday.

The women, who were also fined 10,000 yuan each, do not have to begin serving their sentences until they give birth, according to a prosecutor.

Another woman, the mother of a newborn, was fined 1,000 yuan for her role in the thefts.

Prosecutors said the women from Guizhou Province purchased a bag of rice at a grocery on March 24. One said she was worried about her four-month-old baby at home and asked the shop owner to deliver the rice to her house. While the owner did so, the other three distracted his wife and stole 38,000 yuan from the cash drawer.

The four women also stole 18,300 yuan from a shop on April 13. They struck again on May 2, stealing 3,200 yuan from another store. Police caught the four suspects on May 5.

The district reported four other cases of pregnant women being involved in crimes, usually stealing.

The number of such cases is increasing nationwide in recent years. In a similar case, four pregnant women stole more than 80,000 yuan in Guizhou. The gang leader was sentenced to eight years in jail.


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