Police hunt down owner of 100 bullets
Police in Xuhui District announced yesterday that 100 bullets discovered on
Xinle Road on August 30 were souvenirs kept by a retired military official.
migrant worker named Chen Chuanhai alerted police at noon that day, reporting
the discovery of an abandoned sack containing some ammunition.
officers from the Xuhui District Criminal Investigation Sub-team and Hunan
Police Station soon arrived at the scene to investigate the origin of the
bullets, according to authorities.
Chen reportedly collected the suspicious
bag together with other waste materials in a residential area on Xinle
"I was so frightened to find the bullets that I threw the bag away,"
Chen said. "I hesitated for a long time before calling police."
preliminary check, police discovered 100 bullets, 10 bullet cases and a pair of
green leg wrappings made of cloth.
"Munition experts said that the bullets
produced in 1964 could still be used," said He Guozhou, a spokesman for the
Xuhui District Public Security Bureau.
Police began interviewing nearby
residents, focusing on retired soldiers and former reservists.
"We found the
owner, a 71-year-old man surnamed Hou, about 5pm on September 2," He
Hou, a former chief of the People's Liberation Army section in another
city, allegedly brought the bullets to Shanghai when he retired many years
"I regarded them as souvenirs of my military life and always kept them
in my wooden trunk since then," said the elderly man.
Hou's family, who had
no idea about the special collection, sold the old trunk to Chen after cleaning
their home on August 30.