A thief in eastern China giving a new meaning to the phrase "highway robbery" stole 800-metre-long (half-mile) stretch of concrete road overnight and sold it off, a Chinese media report said. Villagers of Sankeshu in Jiangsu province were all confused after spotting the missing segment of the road and called the police to report the unusual theft. The road which had mysteriously gone missing forced many to believe that an unannounced road renovation was underway, the China News Service reported. But police soon discovered a man with surnamed Zhu, had hired a digger to rip out the road and brought in trucks to ship the chunks of concrete to a stone materials factory which later purchased them, declared the report issued. Zhu who had been searching ways to make money felt that digging up and selling the concrete was a good way to make some extra bucks, he stated the act to be a good "business opportunity", rationalizing the move by saying a newly built road nearby had made the dug-up road obsolete. A report quoted him as saying
No one was taking the road. Why don't I dig it up and I can sell the cement pieces for some money.The 500 tonnes of concrete slabs that Zhu removed were bought by the factory for 5,000 yuan ($795). The brazen theft sparked tens of thousands of comments on Chinese social media by netizens lauding the man's cheek.
news courtesy: afp