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Thief sells 200 stolen smartphones to buy literature  


2014-03-27 10:12 Ecns.cn Web Editor: Gu Liping
File photo of Lu Xun.

File photo of Lu Xun.

(ECNS) -- A thief in Yunnan province didn't squander the money he cashed in from 200 stolen smartphones. Instead, he bought a complete volume of literature works, as well as a brush and ink for calligraphy, a local news website reported.

Xi was arrested for stealing smart phones and laptops from two electronic products stores in Kunming on Dec 12 and Dec 24 last year, local police said.

He admitted the thefts and added that he also stole more than 80 mobile phones in Dali.

Altogether, Xi stole nearly 200 smartphones, worth more than 260,000 yuan ($41,900), but police found only 14 phones in his home.

Xi said he sold most them to buy the complete works of Lu Xun, and a brush and ink to practice calligraphy.

He also said he had plans to go to Tibet to "purify" his mind.

Lu Xun (1881-1936), the pen name of Zhou Shuren, is a leading figure in modern Chinese literature who wrote in vernacular Chinese as well as classical Chinese.

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