Date
11 December 2016
Police escort the couple (inset photos) after they were caught stealing flowers from Shanghai Disneyland. Photos: Xinhua, Weibo
Police escort the couple (inset photos) after they were caught stealing flowers from Shanghai Disneyland. Photos: Xinhua, Weibo

Couple caught stealing flowers from Shanghai Disneyland

A middle-aged Chinese couple have been arrested for stealing flowers from Shanghai Disneyland and local police said the case is only the tip of the iceberg.

The arrests came after the Shanghai Public Security Bureau received reports that some visitors to the five-month-old theme park have been cutting yellow oxeye daisies and taking them away, news website The Paper reports.

A stakeout on Oct. 25 led police to a man and a woman who were caught red-handed as they took out scissors to shear off the flowers.

The couple are not permanent residents of Shanghai, investigators said. Both have been detained on theft charges.

The man told police they have stolen flowers from the theme park many times since October and they always struck during the wee hours.

The flowers were brought to neighboring Zhejiang province were they were sold for profit.

Police said other people have been stealing flowers including flower farmers and resellers.

A dozen flower thieves were arrested between late September and early November, with the total worth of stolen flowers estimated at 300,000 yuan (US$44,000).

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