Planet China

Cutting a deal

The cocky criminal has long been a stereotype in Hollywood movies. Over in Hangzhou it seems the cockiest (and perhaps stupidest) criminal has come to light. According to Zhejiang Online, police in the provincial capital received a phone call last month, ridiculing their investigative abilities and saying “I heard you are looking for me. Why?” The police officer who took the call found it so arrogant that he and his colleagues began to look at recent unsolved cases. After a bit of brainstorming they stumbled on a petty theft involving a 59 year-old disabled man, who’d seemingly been burgled by the same individual twice. No suspect had emerged – till now. The Hangzhou police began a special investigation and traced the cocky caller’s phone number – thus capturing a 24 year-old. The young man remained defiant. When asked why he made the call he riposted: “Seeing you investigate for a few days, ask lots of people, and still fail to catch me, I got anxious for you. Plus you have no evidence. So I made that call for fun.”

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