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Thief uses wireless transmitter to unlock cars

A man who used a wireless transmitter to secretly block drivers from locking their cars and then stole their belongings, worth over 63,000 yuan (US$9,954), was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined 10,000 yuan yesterday.

The Xuhui District People's Court said Gao Qingwen, 41, targeted drivers who left their belongings in the car and used a wireless transmitter to interfere with their remote control signals as they tried to lock their cars.

About 10 drivers in Shanghai and Beijing fell victim to Gao's theft between May and September last year. In one case, Gao stole an iPhone, an LV card holder, a Montblanc briefcase and 30,000 yuan from a victim on Juye Road in Pudong New Area.

Prosecutors said Gao would loiter around a car and pretend to make a phone call. As soon as the driver left, he would open the car door and steal the valuables.

However, Gao denied all accusations and said he had never been to the theft spots. The six mobile phones, banks cards, jewelries and some cash police seized in his room were not stolen, he said.

The court ruled that Gao is the man in the surveillance video shown by the prosecutors and is guilty of the thefts.

Gao's wife is also jailed for seven months for concealing illegal income.


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