Three get life sen­tences for steal­ing oil

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Three men were sen­tenced to life in prison for theft of re­fined oil worth 470 mil­lion yuan ($71 mil­lion), the largest case of theft in terms of value since the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China in 1949.

The Bei­jing Se­cond In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court found that the three men had built an oil col­lec­tion fa­cil­ity on rented prop­erty in a Bei­jing district in 2003, in­clud­ing un­der­ground stor­age tanks be­neath two garages. They later tapped into a pipe­line be­long­ing to Sinopec’s Bei­jing Yan­shan Co and sold the oil, the court said. The thefts oc­curred from Oc­to­ber 2009 to Septem­ber 2012.

Yan­shan found that oil was miss­ing in 2012 and re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice, who later found the stor­age fa­cil­ity con­nected to the com­pany’s line by three il­licit pipes.

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