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China No Longer Humiliated by Forbidden Palace Heist- Diligent Chinese Catch Evil Mastermind!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 13, 2011

Due to excellent detective work and an uncanny sense of sniffing out injustice. The quick thinking rotund skulled ‘chinese police’ -oxymoron, have apprehended he evil mastermind of the humiliating heist, wait….wtf? Is that guy, the little one who looks like a grade schooler really the one who masterminded this devlish plot and was able to elude detection and bypass all that ‘chinese high tech gadgetry’ surrounding the venerable Forbidden palace? Hmmm the guy did confess, but so did that one guy named Zhao in Henan….

from the chinadaily

Suspect held after exhibits 'worth millions' stolen
Policemen escort suspect Shi Bokui after catching him at a local Internet bar in Beijing, May 11, 2011. Shi is suspected of stealing several art pieces from the Palace Museum in Beijing’s heavily-guarded Forbidden City. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING – A man who is suspected of stealing nine pieces of art from an exhibition in the Palace Museum was arrested by the Beijing police authorities on Wednesday, China Central Television (CCTV) reported.
The suspect, named Shi Bokui and from Caoxian county of East China’s Shandong province, was taken away by the police from an Internet bar in Fengtai district in Beijing at 7:40 pm on Wednesday, the report cited the police authorities as saying.
Shi, born in 1983 and about 160 cm tall, has confessed the theft to the police and some of the stolen art pieces have been recovered, the report said.

Shi has lived in Beijing for four years. He allegedly entered the Palace Museum as a tourist and conducted the theft for money. He was identified by police through fingerprint comparison.

The theft happened at midnight on May 8. It was the first theft in 20 years at the heavily-guarded former home of emperors, also known as the Forbidden City.
Nine pieces of art – all small Western-style gold purses and cosmetic containers covered with jewels and made between 1920 and 1945 – were missing from a temporary exhibition. The exhibits belong to the private Hong Kong Liangyi Museum.
A spokesman with the Palace Museum apologized on Wednesday.
“The Palace Museum bears an unshirkable responsibility for this regretful incident,” said Feng Nai’en, assistant curator and spokesman of the museum. “I apologize to all those who care about the Palace Museum.”
“The incident shows that we need to speed up the installation and upgrade of our security systems,” Feng said. Feng said guards saw a suspect trying to flee an area in the muse

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