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Scaffolding gang struck 21 times

EIGHT members of a gang accused of stealing thousands of pieces of scaffolding from local construction sites pleaded guilty yesterday at the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court.

They faced charges of robbery and theft in 21 cases in areas including Qingpu, Jiading and Songjiang districts, between November 2010 and January 2011.

Prosecutors said police are still looking for two other gang members.

Within three months, the gang broke into 21 construction sites at night and stole 150 kilograms of steel poles and nearly 30,000 steel connecting couplers.

More than 234,000 yuan (US$36,855) was involved, the court heard.

Prosecutors said the gang's first theft was on November 3 last year when four suspects, Zhang Congjun, Zhang Mao, Fu Jiang and Fu Hai, broke into a construction site in Anting Town, Jiading District.

With their faces covered by ski masks, they beat security guards with iron bars, threatened them and stole 3,700 couplers worth 20,350 yuan.

All stolen goods were sold by one of the accused, 31-year-old Hou Minghong, who shared profits with gang members, said prosecutors.

Although the eight suspects pleaded guilty to the charges, the court did not announce a verdict yesterday.


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