Recently there have been a succession of thefts of outer garment from department stores in Taipei’s Xinyi District, including one outer garment of high-end brand name worth almost NT$50,000. Police consulted CCTV footage and homed in on a 36-year-old male, surnamed Chiu, as being implicated in the cases. When police headed to Chiu’s house to find him, he was not at home. Little could they have imagined that a person who was seen pacing up and down outside the police station in a suspicious manner in the middle of the night later that very day would, following questioning, turn out to be none other than Chiu.
Chiu said that when he found out that the police had come knocking on his door, he became worried that his family would discover that he had been stealing things, and that was why he decided to go to the police of his own accord and turn himself in.
The police discovered that the suspect, Chiu, would pretend that he wanted to make a purchase, but when the shop assistant wasn’t looking, he would hide the item of clothing under his armpit or stuff it into his bag. Then Chiu would, allegedly, secretly take the item out of the shop, believing no one would be the wiser. Chiu, who lives on Fude Street close to the Xinyi commercial district, and describes himself as an engineer within an electronics company, says he carried out the thefts due to work-related stress. Chiu says he put all the stolen clothes he is accused of stealing in his home and has not sold them on.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Edward Jones)
Photo: Yao Yueh-hung, Liberty Times
1. pace up and down phr.
徘徊 (pai2 huai2)
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3. no one will be the wiser phr.
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