Suspect detained over phone thefts at mall

Chen Huizhi
Two people are being held by police after an investigation into the theft of three mobile phones from customers at the Bailian Outlets Plaza in Qingpu District earlier this year.
Chen Huizhi
Suspect detained over phone thefts at mall
Ti Gong

The woman suspected of stealing mobile phones from customers at a mall in Qingpu District

A woman alleged to have stolen three mobile phones from customers at the Bailian Outlets Plaza in Qingpu District has been detained, police said on Thursday.

Police launched an investigation in January after two customers reported the loss of their phones. They were worth over 10,000 yuan (US$1,530), police said.

While the investigation was underway, another theft in the same mall was reported.

As the victims couldn’t say exactly when and where they lost their phones, and not all shops in the mall were covered by surveillance cameras, the investigation stalled. 

However, a man surnamed Zhang emerged as a suspect alleged to have bought the phones and police found that a woman surnamed Li had contacted him after each theft and was in the mall at the time of the thefts.

Earlier this month, police caught Li in Guizhou Province and Zhang in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and seized seven stolen phones.

Both are under detention in Shanghai, police said.

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