Gun Dealer Arrested in Taoyuan City

A man nicknamed “The Master” was arrested in Taoyuan City today after being investigated for modifying model firearms to fire real bullets. Five handguns, an assault rifle, and more than 100 rounds of ammunition were confiscated. Mr Peng, the owner of a model gun shop, allegedly transformed model guns into real firearms and sold them to clients for between NT$50,000 and NT$80,000. Police were led to Peng after a case in which a firearm was confiscated several days ago. As

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Police Chase Ends with a Crash

A suspect trying to evade the police crashed into another vehicle in Yingge District, New Taipei City, injuring two people as well as himself, yesterday, January 5. At around 8:40 pm, police noticed a vehicle illegally parked in Guishan District, Taoyuan City. When officers approached the car, the driver sped off. Police chased the vehicle to Yingge District. As the suspect ran a red light, he crashed into another vehicle. Two people in the other vehicle were injured and sent

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English Teachers Busted for Growing and Selling Pot

A Nepalese man was arrested yesterday after police raided properties in Taoyuan City and New Taipei City yesterday. A total of 220 cannabis plants, along with one kilogram of dried and prepared product, were found in the raids. Police first raided a residence in Pingzhen District, Taoyuan City belonging to a 39 year-old Taiwanese man named Wei. Wei was found to be in possession of 191 marijuana plants and 1 kilogram of dried cannabis. Wei led them to a 42

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Elderly Woman Goes Undercover to Catch Pickpocket

An 80 year-old woman cooperated with police to catch a pickpocket operating in a traditional market in Zhudong Township after her purse was stolen by the habitual thief. After reporting the theft of her purse to Hsinchu County police, the elderly woman, who was not named in this Liberty Times report, was asked to stuff a couple of red envelopes with waste paper, and have the envelopes visible next time she went to market. The police would follow and observe

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Elderly Woman Murdered for Money

A man in New Taipei City’s Taishan district has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of an elderly woman was found dumped by the seaside near Linkou yesterday, December 20. Police forensics investigators making an initial examination of the corpse at the scene discovered that the woman had obviously been murdered. There were signs of a heavy blow to the back of the head, strangulation marks around her neck, and a plastic bag had been put over

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Cops Fire Warning Shots During Arrest of Smash and Grab Robbers

[Cover Picture originally published by China Times.] Police investigators in Taitung City located two suspects in a smash and grab robbery case today, and swooped in to arrest them while they were partaking in a temple procession. An angry crowd attempted to interfere in the arrest, leading cops to fire warning shots in the air to convince them back off. Yesterday afternoon, December 19, two suspects used an ax to smash a jewelry shop window in downtown Taitung City. The

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Bandits Arrested After Armed Hold-ups on Motorists

[Picture: Dahu Police Bureau.] Two men were arrested after performing a series of robberies on motorists in a mountain district of Miaoli County yesterday. The men threatened the victims with a BB pistol, and ordered them to hand over cash. Police said the two suspects, Fang, 25, and Lee, 21, were addicted to online video games, and had car loans to pay off. Yesterday Lee went to his family to ask for money, but was unsuccessful. Out of desperation, Lee

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500kg Amphetamine Haul Intercepted in the Taiwan Strait

Penghu County police and Coast Guard officers intercepted a Chinese fishing vessel near the middle of the Taiwan Strait carrying 502kg of amphetamine precursors, yesterday, December 15. Police investigators focusing on criminal organizations using Penghu as a drug shipment point came across intelligence about the shipment, and intercepted the vessel after locating it on radar travelling at a speed of 8 knots towards Penghu. After boarding the vessel officers found 20 feed bags filled with amphetamine precursors. The crew of

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Thugs Arrested After Kidnapping Taxi Driver in Broad Daylight

A taxi driver was kidnapped at gunpoint in Banciao District by thugs who tortured him with electric shocks, and punched him up before making off with NT$6,000. The incident happened December 11, but was only reported in Taiwan’s Chinese language news media today. At around noon Monday, a 44 year-old taxi driver named Liao arranged to meet a woman named Lin to pay for ‘overtime services’ owed after Liao had hired Lin to accompany him at a KTV the previous

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Man Dies After Being Hacked with Watermelon Knife

A man bled to death after being hacked in the leg with a watermelon knife in the middle of the street in Kaohsiung City this morning. The deadly attack was the result of a dispute over a debt. At around 6:00am, the 42 year old victim, Mr Ou, met with a man in his 20s named Chen on Baojing Street, Zuoying District, to negotiate over an NT$30,000 debt. An altercation ensued during which Chen drew a watermelon knife and slashed

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Gunman Fired Shots at Restaurant Because he was Overcharged

A man who fired at least three shots at a restaurant in Tainan City last month was arrested today. He told police he had fired the shots because the stir-fry restaurant had overcharged him. In the early hours of November 20, a man standing on the median strip of Yongda Road in Yongkang District, Tainan City, shot at the facade of the restaurant, causing glass to shatter. When customers inside the restaurant went out to investigate, they saw the suspect

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