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Investigators solve burglary of Hsin Kuan Group heir

STAFF WRITER

Police announced yesterday they had solved a high-profile robbery of the residence of Wu Ju-yueh (吳如月), eldest daughter of the founder of one of the largest conglomerates in Taiwan -- the Hsing Kuan Group's Wu Huo-shih.

Four masked men got away with NT$1.3 million in valuables when they broke into the house on March 29.

Because of the celebrity-like status of the family, police set up a special task force to investigate the robbery.

Police were able to identify four suspects from surveillance tapes at Wu's house that had recorded the thieves in action.

All four teenage suspects were in police custody by yesterday morning. Police say all four confessed to the robbery during questioning, saying they got the idea from a movie.

Police believed there might still be another accomplice, a member of the Bamboo Union, who might have absconded with the valuables taken from Wu's residence.

According to the police, all four teens are junior high school dropouts who live in the the Yangmingshan area of northern Taipei, near Wu Ju-yueh's residence.

Wu Shao-tung (吳少東), one of the second-generation of leaders of the business group, was kidnapped 10 years ago. The family paid a NT$ 90 million ransom for his release.

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