Thief escaped capture using realistic masks
A 25-YEAR-OLD man made 40,000 yuan (US$6,520) while committing 20 thefts in which he escaped detection by donning realistic masks that made him look like other people, police said.
The man, surnamed Lang, was detained yesterday by police in Jiaozhou City in east China's Shandong Province.
He had successfully bamboozled police for a year during nighttime thefts in which he hid his true identity using two realistic masks he bought and three he made from pigskin, Qingdao Evening News reported.
He started stealing electric cables from stores last July. Almost all the money the jobless man made was spent on the latest versions of mobile phones, police said.
Authorities found the five masks at his house, the paper reported.