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Tomb-raid suspect, all cashed up, seized on train

A SUSPECTED grave robber has been seized by Shanghai Railway police as he was heading for his hometown to celebrate the holiday, with a load of cash believed to be proceeds from the crime.

Railway police said yesterday that the 46-year-old Fujian Province man, surnamed Lin, had been wanted by the provincial police in connection with a tomb-raiding case last May in Zhangzhou.

Police believe he broke into a complex of ancient graves, stole antiques and sold them on the black market.

He was spotted on Tuesday night by a police officer before boarding a train, bound for Xiamen in Fujian Province.

Lin, looking furtive, had tried to avoid eye contact with the officer when waiting on the platform at Shanghai South Railway Station.

The officer followed him onto the train. Police questioned him and found 14,000 yuan (US$2,050) in his bag.

Train police passed his identification-card information back to headquarters and soon discovered his alleged connection to the tomb case.

He will soon be turned over to Fujian Province police.

Lin is the 60th suspect wanted by provincial police to be detained by Shanghai railway officers this year.


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