Armed Robber Arrested at Taoyuan Airport

A man who robbed a post office at gunpoint in Nantou County yesterday was arrested at Taoyuan International Airport this morning, August 18.

Friday, August 17, at around 4:15pm, a man wearing camouflage pants, a plain t-shirt, a cap, and a surgical mask, entered a small post office in a rural area of Lugu Township. The man pointed a handgun at a teller, and demanded the contents of the cash draw.

The nervous teller handed over bundles of cash totaling NT$500,000 before the gunman fled.

Investigating police discovered that a man had driven to the vicinity the day previous to the robbery, and stolen license plates from a car. Yesterday, he returned to the Qingshui Post Office driving the car with the stolen license plates.

Police were able to trace the car to a woman in Nantou City, and learned that the car was used by her son. The 38 year-old man named Zhou, who has no previous criminal records, became the main suspect in the robbery case.

Working through the night, investigators discovered that Zhou had booked a flight to Xiamen, China departing from Taoyuan International Airport this morning. A team of police went to the airport and intercepted Zhou at around 9:00am.

Zhou had already remitted NT$450,000 to China through an underground exchange network. A search of Zhou’s luggage turned up the clothes he had worn during the robbery.

post office that was robbed
A small, rural post office that was robbed of NT$500,000 in armed robbery.

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