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Chinese migrant couple held over theft of yellow chrysanthemums worth 300,000 yuan near Shanghai Disneyland

A Chinese migrant couple have been placed in criminal detention after allegedly stealing yellow chrysanthemums worth about 300,000 yuan (HK$340,000) that were planted near Shanghai Disneyland.

Police officers said it was not the first time since September that people had been caught stealing the chrysanthemum plants, which city authorities have planted in flower beds along main roads in Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, where the Disney theme park is located, the news portal Thepaper.cn reported.

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More than 10 suspects have been detained in connection with the crime, the report said.

The flowers stolen by the couple at the time they were caught were estimated to weigh about 150kg, the report said.

They had allegedly spent 90 minutes pulling up and stealing 2,500 chrysanthemum plants, the report said.

The migrant couple do not have a fixed home address in the city.

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Videos filmed by surveillance cameras allegedly showed they had stolen chrysanthemums plants on several occasions. One person pulled up the plants and put them in sacks while the other stood beside their van while watching for police or security guards.

The couple were quoted in the report as saying that they have been involved in selling flowers for many years and had stolen plants several times since October.

The Shanghai Disneyland resort opened to the public in June.