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Art Studio Burglar Nabbed After Victim Draws Sketch

A burglar suspected of breaking into an art studio has been arrested after the victim produced this detailed sketch and gave it to the police.

The burglar surnamed He, 35, reportedly made away with more than 70,000 RMB (7,960 GBP) in cash from the studio before nicking a mobile phone from a neighbouring beauty salon as well.

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Authorities in Zhangwan District in the city of Shiyan, which is in Central China’s Hubei Province, were called to the art studio owned by Mr Zhou after he arrived to find the space burgled on 2nd June.

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The thief (R) and the hole he climbed through

CCTV cameras revealed that the suspect had rummaged through Mr Zhou’s belongings and made away with the cash, which had been earmarked for renovation works.

However, investigators said they found “no evidence of significant value”, and the security images did not prove useful due to the hardware’s “lack of high-definition [footage] or infrared”.

In the salon next door, they were able to find traces of DNA which they believed could belong to the crook, and the samples were sent to a laboratory for analysis.

During their continued search, however, Mr Zhou produced a realistic sketch of the male suspect based on what was visible in his CCTV footage.

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The thief (L) under arrest

Shiyan police said they used the artist’s impression and, with the help of traffic cameras to track his movements, nabbed the burglar in a hotel on 9th June.

The police were able to recover some of the stolen money, and the suspect is being held for the crime.

The authorities revealed that the burglar had only just been released from jail this January following an 18-month sentence for theft.

Prior to that, he did 13 years in prison between 2002 and 2015 after being found guilty of causing intentional harm resulting in death at the aged of 17.


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Story By: John FengSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report


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