Police busted a ring that stole mopeds, to refit and sell them
to other moped theft victims, the Zhabei Public Security Bureau
Police said they arrested three suspects on charges of
committing moped theft, an undisclosed number of suspects
responsible for refitting the vehicles and a couple who stored the
A complaint call by a moped theft victim alerted police last
month. The citizen surnamed Wang called police on 110, claiming a
thief took his moped several days ago - he was told to pay 2,500
yuan (US$312) to redeem the vehicle, according to Shi Fangning of
Zhabei Public Security Bureau.
Police discovered that the vehicle was not Wang's original, but
a refitted moped. Police focused on several men in a residential
area on the Pushan Road.
"These guys were spotted riding different types of mopeds every
day," Shi said.
Police later found a refitting workshop was found where stolen
mopeds were given a new look, a fake certificate and serial
numbers, Shi added.
Police arrested a theft suspect on May 22 when he rode a
refitted moped out of the workshop.
The unidentified man immediately confessed the scam to police,
according to officers. Scalpers lied to moped theft victims that
they found their missing vehicles and tricked victims into telling
them the characteristics of the stolen ones as well as the serial
The scalpers would then collaborate with ring members, who would
later refit mopeds they stole somewhere else to match the
description by the customers.
(Shanghai Daily June 28, 2006)