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In a recent string of unusual thefts, a thief stole side mirrors from cars all over Shanghai and left ransom notes for the owners.  

Shanghai police reported that this past April, a man named Mr. Huang had parked his Volkswagen Touraeg SUV overnight in a parking lot on Guiping Road in Xuhui. At noon the next day, he found that side mirrors had been stolen from his vehicle. The thief had left a sticker on his right car door that read, “Mirror: 17 182 108 ***.”

Mr. Huang called the number. The thief said that if he paid 1,400 RMB, his side mirrors would be returned. The thief provided a bank account number for Mr. Huang to transfer the money. An hour later, the thief called Mr. Huang and told him where he had hidden the side mirrors. Mr. Huang retrieved the side mirrors and reported the incident to the police.

Shanghai police said that there had been a string of similar incidents throughout the city this month. There had been 51 similar reported incidents in eight different districts in Shanghai involving over 200,000 RMB.

In a different case, a man was caught on surveillance camera riding a scooter attaching a note to an Audi Q7. He then pried both mirrors off the car.

A suspect named Wang was arrested on suspicion of extortion. The case is currently under investigation.

Source: thepaper.cn

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4 Comments Add your comment

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Guest388182
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extortion, in china?: no way!

Jul 13, 2016 06:48 Report Abuse

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Sponge_Bob
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They target drivers because driver who owns a car, is a status symbol of wealth. Many poor even pretend to be hit by on coming driver, and claim injury so that the driver will pay up Easy solution to drivers (pay attention): Ditch your car and take public transportation so that you (drivers) won't encounter these nonsense. And it is good for the environment and reduce traffic congestion.

Jul 13, 2016 08:52 Report Abuse

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tokagesa
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I am wondering how they can get away so easily by using a bank account. I know they can easily open one with a fake ID, but can't the police freeze it right away? Maybe probably those scammer open a new one each time they scam someone.

Jul 13, 2016 13:20 Report Abuse

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Englteachted
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That would require getting out of the comfortable chair.

Jul 13, 2016 13:56 Report Abuse