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Urns for ransom thieves are jailed

THIEVES who stole urns from a city cemetery and held them for ransom have been jailed, the Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People's Court announced yesterday.

On March 12, Li Qunjie and Shen Haizhong sneaked into a cemetery at night and made off with three urns.

The next day they called the manager of the cemetery, which was not named, demanding a 300,000 yuan (US$46,992) ransom for the return of the urns.

Li thought the manager would rather pay up than have to explain the loss to relatives.

But the cemetery manager called the police and the pair were subsequently arrested.

Li was sentenced to three years and 10 months for his role in the theft and attempted extortion, while Shen was jailed for three years and three months.

The court said it showed leniency as they confessed.


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