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Thieves nabbed for stealing 60kg cables

THREE suspects accused in the theft and trafficking of telecom cables worth more than 20,000 yuan (US$3,214) have been caught, Shanghai police said yesterday.

More than 60 kilograms of telecom cables, such as those used for Internet and telephone services, were stolen by the suspects starting in December in Baoshan District.

The suspects sold them for recycling for only about 2,400 yuan, according to the Shanghai Public Security Bureau. Police started to investigate after several cable thefts were reported in Baoshan District's Luojing Town.

Police found the thefts usually happened before dawn and they ambushed the suspects in the early morning of January 14.

About 4am, two suspects, one surnamed Wang and the other surnamed Chen, showed up and tried to steal cables in front of a house. Wang was caught at the scene and Chen was caught minutes later trying to escape.

The two confessed to the thefts and said the cables were all sold to a recycling station owned by a third suspect surnamed Huang for 40 yuan per kilogram.

Police said crime involving public utilities have been rising, and theft of cables accounted for more than 60 percent. They encouraged locals to report such crime as it can seriously disturb power and telecommunications services.


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