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Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWOCENTS -

“I had a bit of al­co­hol and met a fel­low vil­lager driv­ing a truck. He told me he was go­ing to load some things.” So said a man sur­named Chen, re­call­ing a night 15 years ago when Chen and an­other 20 or so fel­low vil­lagers stole over 4,000 me­ters of ca­ble val­ued at 61,320 yuan from a com­pany in Chang­ping district, in­jur­ing two em­ploy­ees dur­ing their heist. Chen was paid 1,000 yuan for his help. While Chen’s ac­com­plices were all even­tu­ally caught, Chen fled from home and had been hid­ing for the past 15 years un­til his adult son fi­nally per­suaded him to con­fess his crime to po­lice. The procu­ra­tor sug­gested a 10-year prison sen­tence; the court has yet to make its de­ci­sion.

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