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Vehicle break-in suspects captured

A GANG of 14, including 13 youths, from across China have been detained by police on suspicion of stealing valuables and cash from parked high-end cars along Metro Line 3, Xuhui District police said yesterday.

The 13 youths, from Shanxi, Anhui, Yunnan and Fujian provinces, stole goods worth nearly 100,000 yuan (US$14,640) over three weeks by smashing car windows, prying open boots or forcing open doors, police said.

At least 30 car owners lost cash or belongings from their vehicles, which were parked along roads or in residential complexes near Line 3, according to preliminary investigations.

The 13 juveniles received their orders from the suspected ring leader, a 35-year-old Shanxi native surnamed Yin, police said.

"Yin traveled along Line 3 every day," said Xuhui District police media coordinator Huang Li. "When he spotted a parked car with no one inside and no security guard nearby, he called the young suspects to steal valuables from the cars."

Xuhui District police said they began investigation in early June after finding similar thefts occurred frequently. Fourteen cars were broken into in one night alone in two residential communities.

On June 8, Luwan District police caught three youths attempting a theft. They told police about Yin.

Yin was caught at his home on Zhabei District's Tianmu Road W. on June 24. He told police he hired the unemployed youths at Shanghai Railway Station.


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