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The garlic thief who didn’t get away
破案真簡單? 裝蒜的就是小偷

Left to right: a police officer, a farmer and a suspect thief in a red t-shirt stand in a warehouse full of garlic in Yunlin County’s Sihhu Township late last month.
由左至右起為警員、農夫及身穿紅色T恤的竊嫌站在一間堆滿大蒜的倉庫裡。攝於八月底,雲林縣四湖鄉。

Photo: Cheng Hsu-kai, Liberty Times, from a police photograph
照片:自由時報記者鄭旭凱翻攝

A little after seven in the morning a few days ago, a garlic farmer in Yunlin County’s Sihhu Township rushed to the Feisha Police Station to report that a sack of garlic had been stolen from him. He said that he had only seen the thief from behind but he was about 170cm tall and wearing a red top. Based on this description, a police officer thought a 35-year-old habitual thief in their area surnamed Wu might be involved, and that afternoon he drove over in a police car to have a look.

While driving down the narrow country road, the police officer saw a scooter rider who wore a red top and looked a lot like Wu, the habitual thief. When he drove up to get a closer look, the scooter rider unexpectedly stepped on the gas to make a quick getaway, nearly getting into an accident with the police car. The police then went to Wu’s house to do a search. The suspect Wu admitted stealing the garlic, and after questioning him the police arrested him and charged him with theft.

The police officer joked that solving a case by nearly having a car crash was quite a coincidence and a bit too easy.

(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)

前幾天清早七點多,雲林縣四湖鄉一名蒜農急急忙忙的跑到飛沙派出所報案,指稱他有一袋蒜頭被偷,但只看到小偷的背影,身高大約一百七十公分,穿著紅色上衣。員警根據描述,認為轄內三十五歲的吳姓慣竊有可能涉案,當天下午駕駛警車前往探查。

由於村落道路狹窄,員警駕車途中看到一名機車騎士穿著紅色上衣,很像吳姓慣竊,驅近查看,不料機車騎士加足油門「快閃」,差點和警車發生碰撞。警方隨即到吳男家中搜查,吳嫌坦承偷蒜頭,訊後依竊盜罪移送法辦。

警員開玩笑表示,差點撞車就能破案?未免太巧、太簡單。

(自由時報記者鄭旭凱)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. top n.

上衣 (shang4 yi1)

例: Your striped top clashes with your floral skirt.

(妳的條紋上衣跟花紋裙子並不搭。)

2. step on the gas phr.

加足油門 (jia1 zu2 you2 men2)

例: Step on the gas — we’re going to be late.

(趕快加足油門,我們要遲到了。)

3. make a quick getaway phr.

快閃;迅速逃離 (kuai4 shan3; xun4 su4 tao2 li2)

例: The robbers tried to make a quick getaway, but the police still caught them.

(盜賊試圖迅速逃離,但還是被警方抓個正著。)


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