Vietnamese Tourists Arrested After Shoplifting Spree

A group of suspects from Vietnam were caught with suitcases full of clothes stolen from designer brand stores in Taipei and Taichung. A total of 734 items of apparel were recovered from 14 suitcases with an estimated value of more than NT$1 million. Police began investigations after a boutique at Taipei Main Station reported that an inventory check on January 15 revealed that 107 items had been stolen from the store. After examining security monitor footage, investigators honed in on

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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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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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Eight Months Prison for NT$87 Snatch & Grab

A man in Pingtung County was sentenced to 8 months in prison after being convicted of stealing NT$87 from a busker at a Pingtung night market earlier this year. On June 2, at around 8:00pm, a 58 year-old ukulele player named Shia was performing at the night market and had accumulated NT$87 in his bowl, when a thief suddenly snatched the bowl and ran. Mr Shia chased the thief, 40 year-old Hung, and caught up with him on a street

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