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Man jailed for stealing 130,000 yuan from train passenger

A MAN was sentenced to 13 years in prison for stealing 130,000 yuan (US$20,394) from a bullet train passenger on a trip from Shanghai to Suzhou, the Shanghai Railway Transportation Intermediate Court said yesterday.

Mei Faping, 48, was also fined 30,000 yuan for theft, the court ruled.

Prosecutors said Mei boarded the No. G7272 bullet train at the city's Hongqiao station at 8:40am on April 3 and stole 130,000 yuan cash from a passenger, surnamed Shi, in the No. 7 carriage at about 10am en route to Suzhou.

Mei took the money from Shi's bag that was left unattended on the luggage rack while Shi slept, the court heard.

Shi said he was an antiques collector and had planned to buy some items in Suzhou. He took a big sum of cash with him because the antique market there did not take credit cards, Shi told the court.

The thief got off the train at around 11am after the train pulled into Kunshan South Station. The Anhui Province-native then fled with the stolen money, the court said.

Mei was apprehended by police on April 25 in Suzhou. The convict had six previous criminal convictions and was released on September 28 last year after being jailed for eight months on conviction of fabricating identity cards, the court heard.


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