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Student caught stealing over 400 cans of Red Bull in four days to keep up with his girlfriend

By Mason White 4:55 PM March 3, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
A man told police that he needed a lot of Red Bull, in order to have energy to find his girlfriend who changed her number.

The 20-year-old man of Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, in China, was arrested in Nanjing, after he had stolen almost 400 cans of Red Bull, in the four days of a grueling pursuit to find his runaway girlfriend.

The young man, named Zhang, was studying in Beijing, when he met a young woman online. He fell in love with the woman and claimed she was his “soul mate.”

The woman lived in Nanjing, so he took his savings of 15,000 yuan (about $2,440) and traveled to be with her.

Zhang blew most of his money to woo the woman and to buy her expensive gifts. Over time, he began to run out of money. That’s when the woman, who claimed to be his girlfriend, changed her phone number and disappeared.

Zhang was devastated when he could not find her, but he knew he could not go home and ask for financial help because his parents thought that he was studying in Beijing, which was no longer the case.

Alone and unable to find suitable work, Zhang became homeless and was living on the streets. One day, staff at a supermarket realized that cases of Red Bull were missing from their shelves.

Video surveillance revealed that a young man had been stealing many cases of Red Bull. Staff recognised Zhang as the thief. Zhang told police that he needed energy to keep looking for “his girlfriend,” who he still insisted was his “true love.”

Zhang said he drank up to 10 cans of Red Bull in one day to keep himself energized during the exhausting search.