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Thief claims a voice told him to steal labor minister's car

Thief claims a voice told him to steal labor minister's car

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) The man who stole the car of Labor Minister Chen Hsiung-wen was caught hours after it was stolen Monday and said he drove the car away because a voice in his head told him to. The thief, surnamed Lin, was caught on the Sanying Interchange on National Freeway No. 3 in Sanxia District, New Taipei, around 6 p.m. Lin stole Chen's car at 9:10 a.m. from the basement of the building in Taipei that houses the ministry, apartments and a swimming pool, after Chen's chauffeur left the car unlocked and the car's key in the glove compartment, according to Lee Chien-chang, head of Yanping Police Station. Police hunted down the thief through the electronic toll collection system. Lin told the police he stole the car after he heard a voice in his head telling him to "drive the car away quickly." He said he took a taxi from Linkou District in New Taipei to Taipei, feeling that he was "being hunted." He got off a bus when it reached the ministry and sneaked into the ministry's parking lot for fear of being killed. The 50-year-old claimed he has been having hallucinations due to injuries to the head suffered during his military service. Police sent Lin to Shilin District prosecutors on suspicions of theft after being questioned. (By Yu Kai-hsiang and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-24 15:06 GMT+08:00