Taxi­cab con­fes­sion: Thief caught af­ter brag­ging to off-duty cop

Global Times - - Mosaic -

Turns out an An­hui Prov­ince man who claimed he had stabbed a bar pa­tron while shar­ing a Didi ride lied to the wrong travel com­pan­ion – an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer.

Think­ing the man was still armed, the of­fi­cer in­stead had the driver take them both to his po­lice sta­tion, where a back­ground check con­nected him to three e-ve­hi­cle thefts, po­lice in Guangde said.

The off-duty of­fi­cer, sur­named Shen, said he was head­ing home in a shared ride he hailed on Didi, China’s Uber equiv­a­lent, when the sus­pect en­tered the ve­hi­cle.

Shen de­scribed the sus­pect was cov­ered with mud as he be­gan shoot­ing his mouth off.

“[He said] I just stabbed some­one five times in a bar,” Shen said.

Shen stealth­ily alerted his fel­low of­fi­cers via text mes­sage and in­structed the driver to head to nearby Lu­cun po­lice sta­tion.

“I’m in a pri­vate car head­ing to the po­lice sta­tion and the man rid­ing with me might be a sus­pect with a knife. In­form the oth­ers to pre­pare,” the mes­sage read.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed the sus­pect had not com­mit­ted a stab­bing, but was in­stead con­nected to the thefts of three elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

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