Robbin’ hoods: Thieves with ambitious plan to donate to poor children caught
A scheme to steal 1 million yuan ($153,000) and give to needy children did not go as planned for one man in the city of Chongqing.
The 30-something suspect, surnamed Luo, and his 44-year-old accomplice were detained at Luo's rented home in connection with a Jiangbei district burglary.
There arresting officers found evidence of a Robin Hood-esque plan to donate to a school in a poverty-stricken area posted on a wall, newspaper Chongqing Times reported on Wednesday.
Police had responded to a break in and burglary at a home in a residential community on May 10.
The elderly victim, surnamed Li, reported her jewelry and cash missing, which she valued at 10,000 yuan, police said.
Surveillance video from the community placed Luo and his accomplice at the scene, while more footage aided police in tracking Luo to his home.
Both men claimed innocence until police showed them the recording.
However, what surprised police most was Luo's motive for the theft.
A posted list, entitled "Plan to earn 1 million in 2015," was found taped up on the wall of Luo's rented home, photographs published by the newspaper show.
"Earn 2,800 yuan a day, and 84,000 yuan a month. Only spend 30-50 yuan a day," read the posted plan.
It was punctuated with the motivational line, "This is my goal - fight for it!"
Among his intentions to buy a house and car for his brother, Luo's plan also included a large donation to a Project Hope school, police said.
Part of a national program, Project Hope schools aims to build much needed schools into poverty-stricken rural areas of China, according to the newspaper.
Luo and his accomplice await charges.