Taiwan tomb raider steals jewellery worth USD 500,000
Moscow, Feb 24 : A suspected robber has been arrested in Taiwan for stealing gold jewellery worth more than USD 500,000 by cutting holes in coffins.
The Central News Agency said the man, identified only by his surname Cheng, was arrested in western Yunlin county after his car was caught on a surveillance camera at a cemetery last month.
Police said Cheng stole jewellery from about 500 graves starting from 2009.
He dug up graves at night and cut holes in coffins above the wrists of the deceased to remove gold rings and bracelets.
According to Chinese customs, jewellery or any valuable items are buried with the dead.