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Broke from gambling, freshman resorts to robbery

A freshman has been arrested for allegedly robbing an old man after losing all his money in gambling.

Shi Liangsheng, an 18-year-old Anhui Province native, told Minhang District prosecutors that he gambled on slot machines in game parlors almost every day, away from his parents' supervision.

Shi got addicted to game machines when he was a child but he said he was restricted at home. After he enrolled in a Shanghai university in September, he spent all the living expenses his parents gave him on slot machines. He even sold a brand-new Sumsung laptop for 1,200 yuan (US$180) and lost it again in gambling.

When he had no money to buy food, he thought of robbery, the suspect told prosecutors.

He went out of school to look for his target on November 29. He went to a bank office on Longwu Road and observed people there.

He saw an old couple drawing some cash from the bank and followed them out. The wife went to a hospital after leaving the bank while the husband walked toward a residential community.

"Since there were no others around, I ran up to the old man and snatched the plastic bag containing the cash," Shi said.

The 74-year-old victim, surnamed Sun, tried to capture the robber but stumbled.

Shi found 10,000 yuan in cash and a deposit book with 20,000 yuan in the plastic bag. He went to the game parlor immediately and lost 1,000 yuan before he went back to the dorm at midnight.

To his surprise, police found him in the dorm early next morning, following clues in surveillance video and seized the robbed money.


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