Nasty surprise: Burglars took everything during homeowner’s three-month absence
Published: Jan 14, 2020 05:18 PM

A staff member tidies a room of a tent scenic spot at Gaxiu Village of Gahai Township, Luqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug. 13, 2019. In recent years, Gannan promoted culture and tourism industry to boost income of local people. (Xinhua/Zhao Dingzhe)

 A homeowner living in East China's Shandong Province was shocked to discover his house had been completely emptied by burglars sometime while he was away on a three-month business trip. 

"My girlfriend sent me a video showing that all my furniture was gone, including TV, refrigerator, air-conditioner, computer and beds. Even the decorative paintings hanging in the living room disappeared," the homeowner, surnamed Sun, told a Shandong-based Qilu Evening News.   

Sun said he had changed the passcode of his electronic door lock before leaving for Africa in October 2019, and his house sat empty ever since he left China. He said he told his girlfriend the passcode the day before he was set to return, hoping she would do some cleaning before he got home. 

"I don't have disputes with anyone," he said. "It seems the burglars know that I often travel on business and that no one was at home." Security guards in the man's community said they were unable to discover any clues from the surveillance video, which is only saved for 15 days. "Now we are checking records showing who entered the community compound  for clues to help with the police investigation," said a security staffer. 

"Thieves like this kind of lock because it takes less than a minute to break in it," one netizen commented.