A burglar in the southwest China mega-city of Chongqing has been apprehended by police after he took boastful snaps of his criminal activity.

In a Floyd Mayweather-esque display of wealth, the thief, identified only by his surname Deng, spread RMB100 bills that he stole on the top of a hotel bed. Posing alongside his booty, which totalled RMB5,100, Deng used the cash to spell out words such “poor person.”

Deng posing with his loot. Photo: Sina.
Deng posing with his loot. Photo: Sina.

Deng and his accomplice, surnamed Tang, were both caught in Jiulongpo District as they attempted to flee from the scene of a second robbery. According to an officer from Zhongliangshan Police Station, both hailed from rural Rongchang county and turned to thievery when they were unable to find suitable jobs in the big city.

Officer Chen of Zhongliangshan Police Station shares the evidence. Photo: Sina.

Evidence, such as the pictures on their phones, suggested that the pair had pulled off several similar robberies. Police say they are continuing to investigate the case.

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Ryan Kilpatrick

Ryan Kilpatrick is a local writer, journalist and editor. Formerly National Online Editor for the That's magazine group in China, his work on the history and politics of the region has earned him the CEFC Award in Modern China Studies and has also appeared in China Economic Review, Asian Studies Review, China Green News, e-International Relations, Shanghaiist and various publications at his alma mater, the University of Hong Kong, where he is currently enrolled in the Master of Journalism programme.