Man fac­ing trial for tomb theft

Global Times - Weekend - - MOSAIC -

A 32-year-old Zhe­jiang man with slight men­tal re­tar­da­tion was re­manded on bail Thurs­day af­ter be­ing ar­rested for steal­ing the burial ob­jects from a pub­lic ceme­tery, the Bei­jing Youth Daily re­ported Fri­day.

A res­i­dent sur­named Huang from Hangzhou in East China’s Zhe­jiang Prov­ince was sur­prised to see the record of her father, who died one month ear­lier, walk­ing for over 2,000 steps on July 1 on her WeChat Sports, the fit­ness track­ing fea­ture of WeChat, which was con­nected with her father’s WeChat ac­count.

Her father’s mo­bile phone was buried with his other daily ne­ces­si­ties such as charger, elec­tric shaver, towel, and tooth­brush in the grave to­gether with his ashes on June 25.

When Huang di­aled her father’s phone num­ber, the phone kept ring­ing but no one picked up the phone.

When Huang ar­rived at the ceme­tery the next morn­ing, she found the burial ob­jects of her father were all miss­ing.

Af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the lo­cal po­lice found the sus­pect sur­named Chen had stolen five mo­bile phones and one tablet computer from the ceme­tery be­tween July 2017 and July 2018.

Chen no­ticed that many peo­ple buried their de­ceased rel­a­tives’ daily ne­ces­si­ties such as mo­bile phones, watches and clothes in the graves. So when­ever he wanted to change a mo­bile phone, he vis­ited the ceme­tery and searched for graves with new tomb­stones which in­di­cated some­one was just buried.

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