La­bor min­is­ter falls vic­tim to grand theft auto

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

La­bor Min­is­ter Chen Hsi­ung-wen ( ) yes­ter­day was the vic­tim of a case of grand theft auto when his gov­ern­ment-is­sued ve­hi­cle was stolen from the park­ing lot of the Min­istry of La­bor (MOL).

The theft re­port­edly took place dur­ing the first earth­quake yes­ter­day morn­ing. Ac­cord­ing to MOL Deputy Min­is­ter Chen I-min (

), the min­is­ter’s driver first dis­cov­ered that Chen Hsi­ung-wen’s gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cle, a Toy­ota Camry, was stolen at around 10 a.m. yes­ter­day.

The deputy min­is­ter said that as the park­ing lot of the MOL is shared be­tween the La­bor Min­istry and the build­ing’s res­i­den­tial ten­ants, as well as swim­mers of the build­ing’s public pool, there were many peo­ple who had ac­cess to the lot and had the op­por­tu­nity to steal the gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cle.

The theft was re­ported to a po­lice of­fice from nearby Da­tong Precinct.

Sus­pect Ar­rested in New Taipei:

‘A Voice Made Me Do It’

Fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, po­lice stopped and ar­rested a sus­pect sur­named Lin at 6 p.m. in the Sanxia Dis­trict of New Taipei City yes­ter­day.

The po­lice said that they had tracked the ve­hi­cle us­ing the car’s elec­tronic toll col­lec­tion (ETC) card, as Lin drove the car onto the free­way af­ter flee­ing the crime scene.

Lin, who is 50 ac­cord­ing to sources, al­legedly told po­lice that he has a wound on his head from a se­vere head in­jury sus­tained dur­ing his manda­tory mil­i­tary ser­vice.

Lin said that since then, he con­stantly hears voices in his head and sees hal­lu­ci­na­tions on a regular ba­sis.

The cul­prit said that he felt that his life was in dan­ger to­day, and had taken a bus from New Taipei’s Linkou Dis­trict to an area near the MOL for his own se­cu­rity.

Lin said that he had wan­dered into the park­ing garage of the MOL to dis­cover the key in the min­ster’s un­locked gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cle, and soon saw a vi­sion of an um­brella that was ac­com­pa­nied by a voice that told him to drive the car away.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to po­lice of­fi­cers re­spon­si­ble for the case, Lin does not pos­sess an IC Card iden­ti­fy­ing him as “se­verely wounded” to back up his hal­lu­ci­na­tion claims, even though the sus­pect did try to phys­i­cally show of­fi­cers his al­leged wound. Of­fi­cers said that the min­is­ter’s ve­hi­cle is un­scathed, and will be re­turned to the MOL soon af­ter the con­clu­sion of the case.

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