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College graduate ends up in jail after hotel theft

A man who stole a trolley case from a foreigner in Shanghai was sentenced to two years in prison and a 10,000-yuan (US$1,490) fine, the Jing'an District People's Court said today.

Zhou Zhengwen, 28, was going to a bar to celebrate the birthday of his French colleague on June 13, but he lost his way and ended up in a hotel.

Seeing a trolley case outside a hotel room, Zhou took it away. He then found the bar and met his colleagues, pretending the trolley case belonged to him. After staying for a while at the bar, Zhang got on a train directly to his hometown in Zhejiang Province with the stolen trolley case.

Zhou graduated from a renowned university in Zhejiang and was working for a Hong Kong company in Shanghai before being caught by police on the same night as he was recognized through monitoring cameras in the hotel.

The court said the lock on the trolley case had been broken and two suitcases and other stuff valued about 18,000 yuan have been found.

In a separate case, a man who stole a wallet from a Frenchwoman on a Shanghai bus was punished with an eight-month jail term and a fine of 2,000 yuan.

Yuan Feng, a professional thief, was caught by police when he got off the No. 911 bus on May 28 and confessed he had also stole 1,000 yuan from another passenger one month earlier.

The court advised people to keep an eye on their bags when walking on the street or visiting a crowded place during the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holiday.


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