People — February 21, 2018 at 6:07 am

Chinese man steals 800 meters of road in one night

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A thief in China stole about 800 meters from a concrete paved road to resell them and earn some money, a misdemeanor in the space of one night, a Chinese media outlet reported.

It was residents of Sankeshu Village, Jiangsu Province, in the east of the country, who called police on Jan. 24 to report the mysterious disappearance of the stretch of road, according to China News Service.

Villagers thought that road work was underway, but the police quickly discovered a different scenario.

A man hired a shovel to cut the pavement, loaded the pieces of concrete into trucks, and sent them to a building materials company that bought them, China News Service said Thursday evening.

The ambitious thief was looking for a way to make money. For him, recovering and selling the concrete was a good “business opportunity” and the construction of a new road nearby had in any case greatly reduced the traffic on the place of the package. “No one was driving here. So, why not grab the concrete pieces to make some money? Said the criminal, according to China News Service.

The thief recovered a total of 500 tons of concrete. The factory bought them for 5,000 yuan, or 985 Canadian dollars.

This funny story generated Friday, on Chinese social networks, tens of thousands of comments. “Poverty really made it creative,” an admiring user wrote on the Weibo microblogging platform. Another was more ferocious: “The most appropriate sanction would be to repair the road. ”

Brad Bennett

Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children.

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