A burglar’s notebook containing planned crimes, escape routes and police station locations have gone viral just after his arrest in late December.
The unidentified man, reportedly in his early 20s, was carrying the self-help guide when authorities arrested him in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, western China.
According to the South China Morning Post, the notebook included hand-drawn maps and detailed reminders, such as:
“Do keep in mind – only take cash, gold vessels, alcohol and cigarettes.”
“Distinguish real cigarettes and alcohol from fakes, find another ID card.”
“Take different ways of escape based on the value of goods. Keep in mind to run first if the value is high. Escape quickly, hide, take cover and run far away.”
In addition, the burglar reminded himself to avoid being “sluggish” or “conform, take the easy way out and dislike work.”
He also wrote his evaluations after stealing, Sohu noted.
His notes quickly went viral on Chinese social media, with many amused at how organized he was in accomplishing his crimes:
“The most inspirational thief in history.”
“This thief worked very hard for this job summary.”
“My handwriting is no match with his.”
“This skill should be used to do the right thing instead of theft.”
“What a waste.”
The police said that the man dropped out of a famous university in 2016. In November of the same year, he was arrested on suspicion of theft but was released due to insufficient evidence, according to Sina News.