Taipei, A local court on Wednesday granted a request to detain three Colombians arrested two days earlier in connection with the theft of NT$6.8 million (US$227,348) in cash and gold bars from a Taipei apartment building last week.
The Shilin District Court granted the request after prosecutors argued that detention was necessary because of the seriousness of the crime and the possibility that the three could be members of an international theft ring and could collude to destroy evidence or flee the country.
According to prosecutors, the three entered the country on tourist visas in March.
The trio allegedly broke into an apartment building in Taipei’s Neihu District on June 5 and managed to open a safe, stealing the cash and the gold bars.
The three suspects later boarded a coach and traveled to southern Kaohsiung City, where they separated, each taking part of their haul and hiding out at three different hotels, prosecutors said.
Based on CCTV video footage, Taipei police managed to track them down and arrested all three in Kaohsiung on Monday, as well as retrieving the cash and gold.
Prosecutors said the three were also allegedly responsible for stealing a pair of sneakers worth NT$3,000 from an apartment building in Taoyuan City on June 4.
Investigations are continuing to find out whether more people are involved in the thefts.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel