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5m yuan of jewelry left in trunk

A SUITCASE containing jewelry worth 5 million yuan (US$820,000) left by mistake in a cab trunk was recovered within six hours, police said yesterday.

A jewelry company clerk traveling to the former Expo site in the Pudong New Area last Thursday to help set up a jewelry exhibition put a case in the trunk before getting into the taxi.

Inside the case were 184 pieces of jewelry — including pieces inlaid with rubies and sapphires — together worth about 5 million yuan.

After the cab arrived, the clerk got out in a hurry without taking a receipt and left her suitcase in the trunk.

When she realized the suitcase was missing, the woman called police.

As the clerk had been talking on the phone on the way and hadn’t paid attention to the exact route, police searched for the cab’s license plate number and route on surveillance videos.

When she remembered the cab turned around at crossroads near Yaohua Road, police located it in a video.

Officers analyzed possible routes and then watched footage to find the cab.

After a five-hour investigation, police identified the license plate number and contacted the taxi driver.

The cabbie confirmed there was a suitcase in his trunk and drove back to return it.

The case had not been opened and no jewelry was missing.



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