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Thieves use motorcycle to tow off stolen scooter
贓車放推車 騎機車拉走

Suspects Wang and Chen use a motorcycle with a hand cart attached to tow away a stolen locked scooter in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District on May 2.

Photo: Chiang Chih-hsiung, Liberty Times, from a security camera image

Using a motorcycle with a hand truck in tow as their crime instruments, two 55-year-old men from Yilan County, one surnamed Wang and the other Chen, lifted a locked scooter from the roadside onto the hand truck and towed it away. By sifting through surveillance camera images, the police identified the two men in connection with the crime. When Wang found out that he had been identified, he went and turned himself in. Investigators then went to New Taipei City’s Gongliao District to collect the instruments used to commit the offense along with the stolen scooter and investigate the whereabouts of Wang’s accomplice Chen.

The police investigation revealed that a little after 6am on May 2 Wang and Chen, who are old classmates, committed the theft at the intersection of Wencuan and Jhongsiao roads in Jiaosi Township, where the two of them took a scooter that was parked at the side of the road with a lock on it, lifted it onto the hand truck and rode off together on their motorcycle, towing the stolen scooter behind them. When the scooter’s owner discovered that his scooter had been stolen, he reported the theft to the police station responsible for that area.

Officers at the Jiaosi Precinct police station collected and viewed images from security cameras in the surrounding area, thereby ascertaining how the two men carried out the crime. Realizing that he could not escape the long arm of the law, Wang turned himself in to the Yilan Police Precinct. Wang and the police from Jiaosi Precinct then went to New Taipei City’s Gongliao District to collect the stolen vehicle. After questioning, Wang was charged with theft, while the police continued to hunt for his accomplice.


1. whereabouts n. pl.

下落 (xia4 luo4)

例: Peter is missing. His whereabouts are unknown.


2. ascertain v.

掌握;確定 (zhang3 wo4; que4 ding4)

例: The coast guard have ascertained the name of the ship’s captain.


3. accomplice n.

同夥;共犯 (tong2 huo3; gong4 fan4)

例: The police have caught one suspect but his accomplice remains at large.


(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)




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