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Serial convenience store robber caught at last

A man was detained by Zhabei District police for a string of robberies at local convenience stores, officials said today.

The suspect surnamed Ji reportedly committed his first robbery at a Lianhua convenience store on Changzhong Road, Zhabei District, on the night of February 1, two days before the Spring Festival. Threatening with a knife, Ji seized 700 yuan (US$107) and fled on a scooter.

Several days later, Ji robbed a Quik convenience store on Sanquan Road, walking away with 1,500 yuan in cash and eight packs of Chunghwa cigarettes worth about 384 yuan.

Police checked video records of surveillance cameras, which showed Ji disappeared at intersection of Nanda Road and Hongliu Road which straddles Putuo, Baoshan and Jiading districts.

On February 17, Ji reappeared and robbed another store on Luchang Road of dozens of bottles of expensive liquor. Police detectives soon found Ji was living in Nanxiang in Jiading District after investigating a store that purchased some of the stolen liquor.

Police then combed the area and found a scooter that matched that on the surveillance video. Ji was caught in bed and admitted that he was a drug addict and had to rob to buy drugs.


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