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Students warned after spate of thefts

COLLEGE students have been told to be on the alert for unfamiliar young people hanging round their dormitories, following a spate of campus thefts.

Shanghai police warned yesterday that fresh-faced thieves are targeting campuses and, as they are around the same age as college students, are difficult to spot.

Five men have been detained in the last two months for allegedly stealing on campus and dealing in the spoils, police said.

Regular patrols in colleges will be stepped up, police said, and they told students to lock away valuables when leaving their dorms.

Between November 30 to December 6, some 17 laptops worth of about 120,000 yuan (US$18,025) were reported stolen at three universities across Shanghai.

Two were discovered for sale on the Internet on December 8. The suspect, a 22-year-old surnamed Zhang, was detained in a video arcade in Xuhui District, police said. Zhang confessed he had sneaked into several dorms at city universities to steal, police said.

Meanwhile, four burglaries from offices and laboratories in which 16 laptops were stolen were reported between November 3 and 17.

Police detained a suspect called Hou, who was commuting between Shanghai and Hangzhou City in Zhejiang Province to sell items stolen on campus, police said. Three people who bought stolen goods in Hangzhou were also detained, police said.


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