Chinese Villager Arrested for Stealing Rare Peaches
A man was reportedly arrested in China just a few days ago after picking peaches from the wrong orchard.
Yonggang Li, along with two companions, filled bags with glorious peaches that belonged to the Zhengzhou Fruit Tree Institute, a government association that has for the past 13 years concentrated on making perfect peaches.
The peaches grown at the institute are the rarest types in China and cost roughly three million RMB (£200,000 to £300,000) to cultivate.
Niu Lang, the vice head of the ongoing research said, “They stole maybe 10 to 20 types of peaches, which we have been crossbreeding for a decade. Many of them are national research projects and they come from the last remaining trees of their types.”
Mr. Li, the culprit who was arrested, is assumed to be 30 years old and is presumed to have a mental disability. His accomplices, who allegedly convinced Li to do this job, escaped from the scene and avoided arrest.
Mr. Li told the DaHe newspaper: “It was the first time I had stolen peaches. The other two guys were a fortuneteller and an incense salesman. I knew it was a research institute, but I had no idea these peaches were so valuable.”
The government doesn’t plan to let this incident pass and is now in search for the two men at large.
“We are still searching for the other thieves,” said Yanan Sun, a police officer who was at the scene. “We will definitely catch them. The institute is currently trying to assess the damage they caused while we decide whether there is a case.”