(Yicai Global) Sept. 22 -- An unstaffed supermarket in Guangzhou in South China's Guangdong province was the scene of an unusual incident of theft, TechWeb reported. After the management of the supermarket discovered some major discrepancy between the inventory and the actual sales during a stock-taking, it realized the supermarket had been subjected to theft.
The suspects who entered the unmanned supermarket in Yuexiu district, Guangzhou, were removing barcodes affixed to the products to avoid detection by high-tech devices installed in the store, a swift police investigation found.
The in-store surveillance videos showed a few young men in groups stole things from the store by peeling the barcodes off the products. Police arrested three young men while they chanced their arm in yet another attempt in the unmanned store. An investigation led to one more suspect, bringing the number of the accused to four who will stand trial for petty theft.